Joint Incidents Assessment Team issues a statement regarding allegations against Coalition Forces 4 Riyadh

Regarding case number: 190 and with regard to what was stated in:
1. The report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen No. (S/2018/68) issued on (26/01/2018), that at (02:00) on (01/11/2017) a bomb was dropped from a military plane, on or near a hotel inside A crowded night market, in (Sohar) district of (Saada) governorate, killed (31) civilians and wounded (26).
2.The annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights No. (A/HRC/39/43) issued on (17/08/2018) that on (01/11/2017), an air strike targeted a hotel in (Souk Al-Lail) in (Saada) governorate, killing more than (50) civilian men, and wounding (50) others.
The JIAT vetted the incident, and reviewed all documents, including procedures and rules of engagement, daily mission schedule, after mission report, satellite images, provisions and principles of International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules, and assessment of evidences, JIAT found that on Wednesday (01/11/2017), intelligence information from reliable sources were available to the Coalition Forces on the presence of a group of operators, technicians and ballistic missile experts, one of whom was identified as (Qais Al-Qimantar) at a specific location, in (Sohar) directorate of (Saada) governorate, which is considered to be a legitimate military target of high value, 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.
Verification degrees were also available through intelligence information about the presence of a high-value military target which is (a building in which a group of operators, technicians and ballistic missile experts) in a specific location, and through the implementation of the (reconnaissance and surveillance) operation, which confirmed the intelligence information received, based on customary rule (16) of customary International Humanitarian Law.
The legal protection of the civilian objects (a building in which a group of operators, technicians and ballistic missile experts) lost due to the effective contribution to military actions, and the fact that the target was of high value, in accordance with Article (52), of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.
Accordingly, the Coalition Forces carried out a reconnaissance mission on the target, and at (02:00) AM on Wednesday (01/11/2017), the Coalition Forces targeted (a building in which a group of operators, technicians, and ballistic missile experts), using one guided bomb that hit its target, the Coalition Forces took all feasible precautions to avoid accidental loss of or damage to civilian objects, or to reduce them in any case to a minimum, by choosing the appropriate time to target at (2:00) AM, as markets closes and civilians movement is least, as well as using a single guided bomb which proportional to the size of the target, in accordance with Article (57) of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions, and customary rules No. (15) and No. (17) of customary international humanitarian law.
The targeting resulted in the killing of the ballistic missile expert (Qais Ali Al-Qimantar) and several operators, technicians, and ballistic missile experts, , thereby achieving the desired military advantage.
By analyzing the satellite images of the military target site and comparing it with what was published in the media and the reports issued, JIAT found the following:
(1) The target site corresponds to the photos published in the media, as well as the photos attached to the reports issued by international organizations, which is (a building in which a group of operators, technicians, and ballistic missile experts).
(2) The bomb struck the military target directly.
(3) The buildings adjacent to the targeted military target were not affected.
In light of that, JIAT found that the procedures taken by Coalition Forces, in dealing with the legitimate military target (a building in which a group of operators, technicians, and ballistic missile experts) were correct and in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its customary rules

 

 

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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