Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) on Yemen Responds to Claims on Coalition Forces' Violations in Decisive Storm Operations

Friday 1437/11/2 - 2016/08/05
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Riyadh, Dhu-AlQa'dah 2, 1437, Aug 5, 2016, SPA -- In response to claims that the Coalition Forces have committed violations while conducting the Decisive Storm and the Hope Restoration military operations to support the legitimate government of Yemen, an independent Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) was formed to assess these claims and accidents. The JIAT consists of 14 members with experience and competence in military and legal fields. The members of the JIAT are from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Republic of Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
The JIAT investigated these claims after preparing an internal duty regulation governing its work, which includes customary procedures for assessing accidents occurring in such operations. The JIAT depended on the customary procedures for investigating the facts and collecting evidence, proofs and documents and lists of targets. It also depended on the international humanitarian law, the international norms, the rules of engagement, accident evaluation, and target mechanism. The JIAT also summoned whoever it considers to hear their statements. The JIAT exercised its full independence and impartiality.
The JIAT's Legal Advisor Lieutenant General Mansour Ahmed Al-Mansour from the Kingdom of Bahrain said in a news briefing held yesterday at King Salman Air Base at the Central Sector that the JIAT's work in assessing the accidents depends on ensuring the legal aspects of target operations that are compatible with the international law, and on using the American and British mechanism to assess accidents in addition to the law of armed conflict. The JIAT prepares a report for each individual case, including the facts, circumstances surrounding each accident, backgrounds, timings, lessons learned, recommendations and future actions to be taken. For this purpose, the JIAT depended on analyzing the information contained in the task report, reviewing the aerial photographs from the post-mission aircraft reports, recording videos, scheduling daily tasks and reporting to the JIAT's air control officer.
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