Friday, 15 Nov 2019

Spokesman of JIAT confirms the procedures of Coalition Forces military operations in Yemen carried out in accordance with Int’l humanitarian law and its Customary Rules 3 Riyadh

In relation to (Bab Aden Water Reservoir), and regarding the report issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross on (6 August 2015), which stated that the Coalition Forces carried out an airstrike on (Bab Aden Water Reservoir) between (9-11) pm on (8 July 2015), which is located on a mountain between (Mu'alla) and (Crater) districts.

JIAT verified the incident, examined all related documents, including the Procedures; Rules of Engagement, the Daily Mission Schedule, the After Mission Reports, the satellite images of the target location; and assessed all gathered evidence.

JIAT found that at (2:30) pm on (8 July 2015), which is (7) hours prior to the time of the claim, the Coalition Forces executed a mission on (3) legitimate military targets in the city of (Aden). The closest target to (Bab Aden Water Reservoir) was approximately (5500) Meters.

In light of this, JIAT found that the coalition air forces did not target (Bab Aden Water Reservoir), and confirms that the procedures of the Coalition Forces in targeting the legitimate military target were carried out in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its Customary Rules.

In relation to (Chamber of Commerce Building) in Sana'a city, and regarding the report by Human Rights Watch issued on (11 July 2016), which stated that at (1:00) am on (5 January 2016) the Coalition Air Forces dropped a bomb on the (Chamber of Commerce Building) in (Alhasba) district, Sana'a city, injuring a security guard, and destroying the eastern side of the three-floor building.

JIAT verified the incident, examined all related documents, including the Procedures; Rules of Engagement, the Daily Mission Schedule, the After Mission Reports, the satellite images of the target location; and assessed all gathered evidence.

JIAT found that the Coalition Forces received intelligence reports that the Houthi Armed Militia seized the (Chamber of Commerce) building in Sana'a, and used it as a military barracks and headquarters. Therefore, the Coalition Air Forces targeted the (Chamber of Commerce Building) in Sana'a at (1:10) am on (5 January 2016), that lost its legal protection prescribed by International Conventions for the military use by the Houthi armed militia, as a legitimate military target, and attacking it achieves a military advantage.

In light of this, JIAT found that the procedures of the Coalition Forces in targeting the legitimate military target (Chamber of Commerce Building) were carried out in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its Customary Rules.

In relation to the (Health Center) in Qahza district in the city of Sa'dah, and regarding news broadcasted in the Yemeni Media that the Coalition Forces executed an airstrike on a Health Center for cholera patients at (4:30) pm on Saturday (3 June 2017), which was crowded with cholera patients and their companions in (Qahza) district, (Sa'dah) city, the airstrike caused dozens of injuries, destroyed the building and the medical facilities of the center, and placed it out of service.

JIAT verified the incident, examined all related documents, including the Procedures; Rules of Engagement, the Daily Mission Schedule, the After Mission Reports, the satellite images of the target location; and assessed all gathered evidence.

JIAT found that on Saturday (3 June 2017) the Coalition Air Forces executed (3) air missions on military targets used by Hothi Militia as missile storages in (Sa'dah), that represent a legitimate military targets, located (3) km away from the claimed location, and were direct hits.

JIAT viewed the satellite images on a later date of the claim, which showed that (the health center of Qahzah) was not hit by any airstrikes.

In light of this, JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces did not target (The Health Center) in (Qahzah) district, Sa'dah city, and confirms that the procedures of the coalition targeting the (Missile storages) were in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its Customary Rules.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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