Spokesman of Joint Accident Assessment Team in Yemen reviews results of team assessment 4 Riyadh

Wednesday 1440/1/16 - 2018/09/26
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In case No. 99, Al-Mansour stated that with regard to the report of the Human Rights Watch, 11 July 2016, which alleges that at 06:01 am, 14 February 2016, the coalition forces shelled the (Middle East Tailoring and Embroidery Factory) in the city (Sana'a), causing the deaths of 1 labor, and wounding 3 others. There were 17 workers at the time of the attack, and the damage caused stop operating plant.
He noted that the incident assessment team had verified the incident and that the team had been informed of all the documents and found that the coalition forces had received urgent intelligence from within Yemen that there was a meeting of Houthi militia leaders in hangar in the city of Sana'a, that was used as embroidery factor before it has been seized by armed Houthi militia, which is considered a legitimate military target whose destruction achieves military advantage after the fall of legal protection for civilian objects. Then, the coalition forces conducted reconnaissance and surveillance of the site. On Sunday at 00:01 am, 14 February 2016, the Coalition Forces carried out an air mission on targets (meeting of Houthi militia leaders) using one guided bomb that hit its target. JIAT found that Coalition Forces had taken the necessary precautions to avoid incidental losses.
In light of this, the Joint Accident Assessment Team verified the actions taken by coalition forces to target (hangar) were in accordance with international humanitarian law and customary rules.
In case No. 100, Al-Mansour stated that with regard to the reports of international organizations and the various media, which allege that the coalition forces, 16 March 2017, attacked civilian boat, causing the deaths of (33) people, wounding (29), and missing (10) others. The report said that most of survivors were placed in Hodeidah prison by Houthi militia, and not allowed to leave.
He noted that the incident assessment team had verified the incident and that the team had been informed of all the documents and found that, at the time of allegation, the nearest vessel of the coalition was approximately 63 nautical miles from the port of Hodeidah, and it is the only vessel that attached by aircraft. After reviewing the operations and supplies records of the vessel for days 15, 16 and 17 March 2017, it was found that none of the ship's ammunition was used, including ammunition for the helicopter attached to it, and Coalition forces did not deal with any targets off the port of Hodeidah on 16 March 2017. The incident assessment team found that, at 10:07 pm, approximately one hour after the incident, an Apache helicopter spotted the boat at a distance of 38 nautical miles south-west of the port of Hodeidah, and recognized that the boat was civilian in civilian nature, and thus did not engage with it.
The incident assessment team was informed by the reports of the international organizations that the survivors of the refugee boat had been placed in Hodeidah prison, by the armed Houthi militia, and were not allowed to leave prison until November 2017. Some of the injured people left for Somalia, and some survivors requested asylum in areas controlled by the legitimate government.
In light of this, the Joint Accident Assessment Team verified that the Coalition forces did not targeted the refugee boat.
-- SPA
In case No. 99, Al-Mansour stated that with regard to the report of the Human Rights Watch, 11 July 2016, which alleges that at 06:01 am, 14 February 2016, the coalition forces shelled the (Middle East Tailoring and Embroidery Factory) in the city (Sana'a), causing the deaths of 1 labor, and wounding 3 others. There were 17 workers at the time of the attack, and the damage caused stop operating plant.
He noted that the incident assessment team had verified the incident and that the team had been informed of all the documents and found that the coalition forces had received urgent intelligence from within Yemen that there was a meeting of Houthi militia leaders in hangar in the city of Sana'a, that was used as embroidery factor before it has been seized by armed Houthi militia, which is considered a legitimate military target whose destruction achieves military advantage after the fall of legal protection for civilian objects. Then, the coalition forces conducted reconnaissance and surveillance of the site. On Sunday at 00:01 am, 14 February 2016, the Coalition Forces carried out an air mission on targets (meeting of Houthi militia leaders) using one guided bomb that hit its target. JIAT found that Coalition Forces had taken the necessary precautions to avoid incidental losses.
In light of this, the Joint Accident Assessment Team verified the actions taken by coalition forces to target (hangar) were in accordance with international humanitarian law and customary rules.
In case No. 100, Al-Mansour stated that with regard to the reports of international organizations and the various media, which allege that the coalition forces, 16 March 2017, attacked civilian boat, causing the deaths of (33) people, wounding (29), and missing (10) others. The report said that most of survivors were placed in Hodeidah prison by Houthi militia, and not allowed to leave.
He noted that the incident assessment team had verified the incident and that the team had been informed of all the documents and found that, at the time of allegation, the nearest vessel of the coalition was approximately 63 nautical miles from the port of Hodeidah, and it is the only vessel that attached by aircraft. After reviewing the operations and supplies records of the vessel for days 15, 16 and 17 March 2017, it was found that none of the ship's ammunition was used, including ammunition for the helicopter attached to it, and Coalition forces did not deal with any targets off the port of Hodeidah on 16 March 2017. The incident assessment team found that, at 10:07 pm, approximately one hour after the incident, an Apache helicopter spotted the boat at a distance of 38 nautical miles south-west of the port of Hodeidah, and recognized that the boat was civilian in civilian nature, and thus did not engage with it.
The incident assessment team was informed by the reports of the international organizations that the survivors of the refugee boat had been placed in Hodeidah prison, by the armed Houthi militia, and were not allowed to leave prison until November 2017. Some of the injured people left for Somalia, and some survivors requested asylum in areas controlled by the legitimate government.
In light of this, the Joint Accident Assessment Team verified that the Coalition forces did not targeted the refugee boat.
-- SPA
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