JIAT Spokesman Holds Press Conference

Tuesday 1440/4/18 - 2018/12/25
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Riyadh, December 25, 2018, SPA -- The official spokesman of the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen Legal Counsellor Mansour Al-Mansour held here today a press conference disclosing results reached by JIAT regarding five allegations reported by international organizations or international media means usually circulated through international news outlets, affirming the safety of all procedures followed by the Coalition Forces.
Regarding the allegation that Coalition Forces has targeted (Fish Wealth Headquarters) in Port (Khobah), (Hodeida) Governorate, Al-Mansour said that, reagrding case No. 112, different media outlets had circulated that the Coalition Air Force on (Monday, January 8th, 2018) at (2030) conducted four consecutive airstrikes against the (Fish Wealth Headquarters) and a (fishing gear warehouse) in Port (Khobah), (Al Luhayyah) Directorate, (Hodeida) Governorate West of (Yemen), which caused the death of five people and injury of another five.
He added that the Joint Incidents Assessment Team has vetted the possibility of the incident, and following verification of all related documents; including the procedures and rules of engagement, daily mission schedule, post-mission reports, video recordings of the missions, satellite imagery and evidence evaluation, it was clear to the Team that the (Fish Wealth Headquarters), called “The Old Ice Factory”, is located in Port (Khobah), (Al Luhayyah) Directorate, (Hodeida) Governorate. And that on (Sunday, January 7th, 2018) credible intelligence sources confirmed the presence of a specific number of Yemeni Navy engineer officers loyal to the Houthi Militia, supported by foreign experts, at “The Old Ice Factory”, working on preparation of a guided-missile and RC Exploding Boats, including a white boat to threaten maritime navigation and coalition vessels in the Red Sea. Thereby, considered a legitimate military target that fulfilled the “verification” standards through “credible intelligence” in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law, to be used by armed Houthi militia in support of their war effort; Hence, and based on the inherent right of self-defense, guaranteed by the International Law, and in protection of Maritime Navigation and Coalition Vessels in the Red Sea, on (Monday, January 8th, 2018) the Coalition Air Force conducted a targeting mission aimed at “The Old Ice Factory”, in Port (Khobah), (AlHudaydah) Governorate, where the presence of a specific number of Yemeni Navy engineer officers loyal to the Houthi Militia, supported by foreign experts, was confirmed, who were working on preparation of a guided-missile and RC Exploding Boats to threaten Maritime Navigation and Coalition Vessels in the Red Sea.
Al-Mansour affirmed that JIAT has reviewed satellite imagery of the operation, Post-Mission Reports as well as video recordings of the mission that indicate the destruction of the target “The Old Ice Factory”. Video recordings have indicated that the area of the target was civilian and civilian-vehicle free at the time of the operation, and that a hanger adjacent to the target had sustained partial damage, due to a secondary explosion as a result of the targeting.
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