JIAT Underscores Methodology of its Operations

JIAT Underscores Methodology of its Operations

Wednesday, 14 November, 2018 - 06:30
A pro-government soldier in Yemen. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen stressed on Tuesday that it follows a legal methodology in its operations, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

JIAT official spokesman 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 by International Humanitarian Law.

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 Saudi-led Arab coalition forces.

During a press conference held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Riyadh, Mansour reviewed the results of the seven 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 in Yemen.

He stressed the integrity of the procedures followed by the Coalition, which took into account the rules of engagement, International Humanitarian Law and customary rules.

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 August 28, 2015, a house belonging to a citizen located in Jabal Ruba park was targeted by a missile. The attack completely destroyed the house and killed seven residents and seriously injured one. 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 house is located in northern Ibb city, and there was no air mission in that location. The closest target struck by the Coalition was a gathering of the Iran-backed Houthi militias some 2.5 kilometers north of the claimed location.

In light of that, JIAT found that the Coalition did not target the claimed house.

It then refuted a number of other allegations that the Coalition had deliberatly struck civilian targets, saying that the forces had adhered to International Humanitarian Law and other rules of engagement.

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