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Counselor Al-Mansour: The process of assessing incidents is based on established norms and standards in the international humanitarian law system 2 Riyadh

Official Spokesman for the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen, Counselor Mansour Al-Mansour, confirmed that the team, through the Operations Department and its legal Counselors, follows a legal methodology in the evaluation process based on the principles and standards adopted in the international humanitarian law system.

He noted that the Team is also acquainted with the best practices on the monitoring of serious violations of international humanitarian law during military operations, as well as examining the extent to which the coalition forces complied with the rules of engagement adopted and enforced by the Coalition Forces.

During the press conference held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Riyadh today, Counselor Al-Mansour reviewed the results of the 7 incidents claims made by international organizations and the media regarding mistakes committed by the Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen during its military operations inside Yemen.

He stressed the integrity of the procedures followed by the Coalition Forces, which took into account the rules of engagement and international humanitarian law and customary rules, where he reviewed during the conference the cases in accordance with the sequence adopted by the Team, which comes in continuation of cases that have been evaluated and talked about in the media.

In relation to the house in Aldhihar Directorate, Ibb Regarding the letter of The National Commission To Investigate Alleged Violations To Human Rights on Yemen stated that on Friday morning (28 August 2015) a house belonging to a citizen located in (Jabal Ruba) park, (Aldhihar) directorate, (Ibb) governorate was targeted by a missile caused a full destruction of the house, killed (7) residents , and heavily injured (1). It was also confirmed that the targeted area had no military target.

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

JIAT found that the claimed house is located in the North side of (Ibb) city, and there was no air mission in that location, as the closest target that been targeted by the Coalition Air Forces was a gathering of the Houthi armed militia that located (2.5) KM North of the claimed location.

In light of that, JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces did not target the claimed (house).

In relation to the (2) buses in (Abyan) Governorate, regarding the report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the United Nations issued on (7 September 2015) stated that (2) buses transporting displaced families were targeted by the Coalition Air Forces on (17 June 2015) in (Al alam) area, (Abyan) Governorate, and found that (17) civilians were killed in this incident (5) children, and (5) women were among them, while (10) others were injured. The victims reportedly fled the violence from (Almansoura) area, (Aden) governorate and were on their way to (Hadramout).

As reported by the High Commissioner "response to the inquiries of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team" that it received information from witnesses confirm that one of the buses had displaced persons on board most of them families, and witnesses heard the sound of high voices from the Coalition Aircrafts at the time of the attack, where the first strike hit the bus that has the displaced families, and the second strike hit the front of the other bus resulted in the death of the driver and (2) passengers riding in front of the bus. The High Commissioner also received a list of the names of the injured and dead on the day the attack took place, and that the site of the bombing was at coordinates (N 12 59 51.4 E44 54 40.3), as reported in the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the United Nations memorandum.

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



After examining the claim and the response of the High Commissioner to the inquiries of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team on the claim, JIAT found that there was a variation in location of the claim made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the United Nations, despite the address of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team to the High Commissioner since the claim was received, and requested detailed information. The claim as reported by the Commission on the coordinates (N 12 59 51.4 E44 54 40.3) in the city (Saber) city (Lahj) governorate. While it was clear from the information in the claim that the incident took place in (Alalam) area, (Abyan) governorate, which is located East of (Aden) governorate. JIAT study and cover all the possibilities to make sure that the claim was studied in all aspects despite the contrast.

JIAT reviewed the Daily Mission Schedule of the Coalition Air Forces operations carried out at the date of the claim (17 June 2015), and found that the Coalition Forces did not target the (2) buses, and that the closest air mission was on a military target (building where leaders of the Houthi armed militia were inside) in (Lahj) governorate, and located (5) KM from the coordinate given by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the United Nations.

JIAT also reviewed the Daily Mission Schedule of the operations of the Coalition Air Forces executed on (16 June 2015), and (18 June 2015) which is the prior and the following day of the claim, and found that the Coalition Forces carried out an air mission on military targets (building) about (6.3) KM, and the other (tank) about (4.8) KM from the claimed location.

It was also proven to JIAT that the Coalition Air Forces did not carried out any air missions on the day of the claim on (Alalam) area of (Abyan) governorate.

In light of that, JIAT found that the Coalition Forces did not target the (2) buses.

In relation to (Saif Alswadi) Hospital, regarding the annual report by the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued on (4 August 2016) stated that on (23 August 2015) the Coalition Forces bombed (Saif Alswadi) Hospital that located on the coordinate (N14 18.001 E045 13.168) in Alsawadiyah directorate, Albayda Governorate, and a house belong to a doctor close to the hospital, the airstrike caused a full destruction of both sites.

JIAT verified the incident, examined all related documents, including the Procedures; Rules of Engagement, After Mission Reports; and assessed all gathered evidence.

After examining the claim and the response to the JIAT's inquiries, reviewed the Daily Mission Schedule of the Coalition Forces.

JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces did not conduct any air missions in (Alsawadiyah) directorate in the claimed date. Also JIAT examined the satellite images of the claimed location on (13 January 2016) that showed the site was not targeted by any aerial bombardment, and had no damages

In light of that, JIAT found that the Coalition Forces did not target (Saif Alswadi) Hospital, or the doctor house next to it in Alsawadiyah directorate, (Albayda) Governorate.

In relation to (Shahinaz substation), (Khormaksar) in (Aden), regarding the report issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross on (6 August 2015) stated that at (01:00) afternoon on (10 June 2015) an airstrike attributed to the Coalition Forces hit the power substation (Shahinaz substation) in (Khormaksar), (Aden) using two explosive ammunition, the two strikes hit the transformers and the control room of the facility, one operator responsible for running the substation killed while at work, the facility was already damaged by ground fighting in the past months , the International Committee of the Red Cross visited the site on (14 June 2015) and assessed the damage, two of the transformers were completely destroyed and the buildings in the facility were severely damaged.

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

JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces executed (4) air missions on (10 June 2015) in (Adan), and the closest military target was (1600) M from the claimed location (Shahinaz substation).

Analyzing those missions (in chronological order) according to the claim at (01:00) afternoon. JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces did not conduct any air missions on (Aden) at that time.

After reviewing the Daily Mission Schedule on (9 June 2015) which is one day prior to the claimed date. JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces executed several air missions in (Aden) city, the closest military target was approximately (1500) M away from the substation, and on (11 June 2015) which is one day after the date of the claim, JIAT found that the Coalition Forces executed an air mission on a military target in (Aden)city that is located (6)KM away from the substation of the claim, and also it been confirmed that the Coalition Forces did not conduct any missions on the following day (12 June 2015) in (Aden) city.



After studying the military status during the time of the claim, JIAT found that (Aden) city, during that period of time, was a battleground for the liberation of (Aden) city between the Land Forces of the Houthi armed militia, and popular resistance.

Also in reviewing the satellite images of (Shahinaz substation) showed damages to the station as a result of those battles, and not because of aerial bombardment.

In light of that, JIAT found that the Coalition Forces did not target (Shahinaz substation), (Khormaksar) directorate, (Aden) governorate.

In relation to a (Traditional Market) in (Alkhawkhah) city, (Alhudaidah) governorate, regarding to what was reported by the German Press Agency (DPA) about (Adham Tuabah), The director of security in (Alkhawkhah) Directorate saying that (17) civilians were killed and dozens others were injured in a bombing by the Arab Coalition fighter jets on (10 March 2017) on a traditional market in Aldwar area, (Alkhawkhah) city, pointing out that the outcome may rise in the coming hours, and as reported in some media that the location of the bombing occurred on (Aldwar) market in the northern entrance of (Alkhawkhah)city.

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

JIAT found that on Friday at (19:45) (10 March 2017), the Coalition Air Forces executed air missions on military targets, the closest target was (10) KM away from (Alkhawkhah) city, also JIAT found that after reviewing the Daily Mission Schedule on Thursday (9 March 2017) which is one day prior to the claim date, the Coalition Forces executed an air mission that located (10) KM away from (Alkhawkhah)city, and checked the Daily Mission Schedule on Saturday (11 March 2017) which is one day after the claim date, the Coalition Forces executed an air mission on a military target located (1.6) KM away from (Alkhawkhah)city.

In light of that, JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces did not conduct any air missions on (Alkhawkhah)city, (Alhudaidah) governorate.

In relation to the (house) in (Alkhawkhah) directorate, regarding to what was broadcasted in media stated that the Coalition Air Forces on (14 June 2017) targeted a (house) in (Alkhawkhah) directorate, (Alhudaidah) governorate that caused deaths, and injuries to the civilians.

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; and assessed all gathered evidence.

JIAT found that at (12:26) AM on Thursday (15 June 2017) the Coalition Forces executed an air mission on a military target of gathering point of Houthi armed militia in a (camp) located (2.2) KM away from the claimed location in the Northeast of Alkhawkhah city, and was targeted with one bomb that hit its target.

JIAT found after reviewing the satellite images that the targeted location is in a vacant area from the civilian objects and residents.

In light of that, JIAT found that the Coalition Air Forces did not target the (house) in (Alkhawkhah) directorate, Alhudaidah governorate.

In relation to the Yemeni Water Desalination Company in (Mocha) city, (Taiz) governorate, regarding the phased report of The National Commission To Investigate Alleged Violations To Human Rights for the period between (September 2016 to June 2017) stated that on the morning of Thursday (3 November 2016) an old administration building for a (desalination company belong to the group of Hail Saeed Anam companies) in (Mocha) city, (Taiz) governorate had been targeted by a missile which led to the destruction of the building, death of (2), and injured (15) other employees of the company, according to the families of the victims and witnesses, at approximately (09:30)AM on Thursday, there were aircrafts in (Mocha) city. During that time, a missile dropped on the building of the water desalination company, damaging the old administration building at the working hours of the staff, and as reported the presence of military barracks in which a group of armed persons from the Houthi militia, and a number of military vehicles next to the company, as well as a Katyusha missile launcher that was installed next to the building.

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

JIAT found that based on intelligence from inside Yemen received by the Tactical Air Controller stated that ( gatherings, and military vehicles belong to the Houthi armed militia) inside the (Yemeni Water Desalination Company) building in (Mocha) city, (Taiz) governorate, which lost its legal protection of the civilian objects for its effective contribution in military actions,

and that considered as a breach for the article (52) clause (3) of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, and it is considered as a legitimate military targets its destructions achieves military advantage based on article (52) clause (2) of Additional Protocol I of Geneva Conventions. Also the verification standers were met of the gatherings, and vehicles belong to the Houthi armed militia inside the company building, and based on the Customary Rule No. 16.

The Coalition Forces executed an air mission at (09:39)AM on Thursday (3 November 2016) with one guided bomb that hit its target, and the Coalition Forces took all the possible precautions to avoid human loses or damages to the civilian objects, and minimize it to the minimum by the use of one guided bomb and proportional to the target size, and that is in accordance with article (57) of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions and Customary Rules (15) and (17).

JIAT found that after reviewing the satellite images of the location (Yemeni Water Desalination Company), and the video recording of the executed mission, one of the company's buildings which is (50)M away from the targeted location was collapsed before the targeting.

In light of that, JIAT found that the procedures of the Coalition Forces in targeting the legitimate military target (gatherings, and vehicles belong to the Houthi armed militia) inside (Yemeni Water Desalination Company) were carried out in accordance with the International Humanitarian Law and its Customary Rules.

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