Arab Coalition refers airstrike incident to joint assessment team

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The spokesman of the Arab coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki.
The spokesman of the Arab coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki.

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — The Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen has referred one of the targeting operations results in the area of operations to the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) to assess the possibility of an incident.

In a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency on Monday, the spokesman of the Arab coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said: “The Arab Coalition has completed a comprehensive study of the after-action review of conducted operations in the area of operations for July 12, 2019.”

“Based on what was revealed by the review and the operational audit, in addition to what was clarified by the coalition’s forces on the ground forces, there was a possibility of civilian causalities during the targeting operation of a gathering of Houthi commanders and armed militants in Washahah district in Hajjah governorate. All documents relating to this incident have been referred to the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) for further assessment and announcement of results, Col. Al-Maliki was quoted as saying in the statement.

Al-Maliki reiterated the commitment of the coalition to apply the highest targeting standards, as well as the application of principles and customary rules of international humanitarian law in military operations and to take all measures regarding accidental incidents to achieve the highest levels of accountability and transparency.


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