A statement issued by the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) refutes some claims regarding incidents in Yemen

Tuesday 1441/7/15 - 2020/03/10
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Riyadh, March 10, 2020, SPA -- The official spokesman of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen Legal Counsellor Mansour Al-Mansour refuted a number of claims raised by global bodies, international organizations and media outlets on errors allegedly committed by the Coalition Forces for the Support of Legitimacy in Yemen during their military operations inside Yemen.
In a press conference held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Riyadh, Al-Mansour reviewed today the results of assessing five incidents included in those claims as follows:
A statement issued by the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) regarding the claim that the Coalition Forces targeted a (building) in (Saada)
With regard to what was stated in the report of Amnesty International issued in (October 2015) that on the night of the first of July, (M. H.) was sitting on the opposite side of the road, on which a three-storey building was constructed, it includes apartments in which his family resided, Coalition Forces launched three successive strikes on the mentioned building, located north of the centre of (Saada) city, caused the death of (A. T.), who works as a vegetables and fruits seller, and wounded six members of the family of (M. H.), and wounded three men who were working to repair the family's home.
According to witnesses, the first strike hit the area in front of the building, then the second hit the first floor of the building, while the third hit the second floor, the organization's researchers visited the site of the strike on (03/07/2015), and witnessed a hole with a diameter of two meters left by the explosion in front of the residential building, it appeared that the building had been partially destroyed, the organization's researchers did not find evidence indicating the use of the building for military purposes, the repeated strikes on the same building also indicates that it is the intended target, perhaps, given the distant kinship linking its residents to (H. H.) the commander of the military police, the building is located on a specific coordinate and is mentioned in the report.
JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents, including Procedures And Rules Of Engagement, Air Task Order, Daily Mission Schedule, After Mission Report, video recordings of the mission, satellite images, provisions and principles of International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules, and assessment of evidences, JIAT found that Coalition Forces received intelligence information about the presence of leaders and elements of Al-Houthi armed militia in a specific (building) in (Saada) city planning for combat operations to support the war effort, which is considered to be a legitimate military target, that the destruction of it would achieve a military advantage based on Article (52), paragraph (2) of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, and customary rule (8) of the International Humanitarian Law.
The Coalition Forces had verification levels (intelligence information from inside Yemen), according to customary rule No. (16) of the International Humanitarian Law, as they reported the presence of leaders and elements of Al-Houthi armed militia in (a building) in (Saada) city planning for combat operations, and thus, lost the established legal protection in International Humanitarian Law on the claimed building, and it had become a legitimate military target, for the use of it by Al-Houthi armed militia leaders and elements in planning combat operations and contributing effectively to military action, in accordance with Article (52), paragraph (3) of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.
Accordingly, at (12:30) am on Thursday (02/07/2015), the Coalition Forces carried out an air mission against a legitimate military target, leaders and elements of Al-Houthi armed militia, inside (a building) in (Saada) city.
The Coalition Forces have taken all feasible precautions to ensure that civilians are not present at the targeting site or its surroundings, as the building was targeted in the middle of the night, which is an appropriate time to minimize collateral damage to the minimum, also using guided bombs that are proportional to the size of the military target, according to customary rule No. (17) of the International Humanitarian Law.
The desired military advantage was achieved from the targeting, as intelligence sources from inside Yemen confirmed the injury of the Houthi leader (A. H. H.), the commander of (Saada) front axis, who was meeting with the field leaders inside the building.
By studying the satellite images of the post-targeting and viewing the targeting video of the military target, JIAT found the following:
(1) Signs of an air strike on the military target (the building).
(2) The first bomb hit the front of the building in claim.
(3) The second and third bomb hit the roof of the military target (the building).
In light of that, JIAT found that the procedures taken by Coalition Forces, in dealing with the legitimate military target (building) in which Al-Houthi armed militia leaders and elements were meeting to plan combat operations in (Saada) were correct and in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules.
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