Coalition denies responsibility for civilian deaths in Yemen

Riyadh (Debriefer)
2019-06-13 | Since 2 Week

Mansour al-Mansour, spokesman for Yemen's accident assessment joint team

إضغط هنا لقراءة الخبر بالعربية

The Saudi-led coalition backing legitimacy in Yemen denied on Thursday accusations, by UN and other agencies, of war crimes committed by its aircraft as striking areas in Yemen for more than four years.

Spokesman for coalition-run Yemen's accident assessment joint team(AAJT) declined the "four allegations" issued by international and local groups on mistakes made coalition forces at military operations in Yemen.

For the first case(on which a report dated 13 September 2017 by the UN human commissioner said four fishermen were killed on 5 April 2017 when their boat was hit by helicopteroff Hodeida), documents and data have shown that coalition forces did not any target fishing boat in that place,Mansour al-Mansour added at press conference in Riyadh.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Iranian-backed Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition in Yemen since 26 March 2015, in support of forces loyal to President Hadi to retake areas controlled by Houthi (Ansarullah) group.

But some of the coalition airstrikes have missedtargets and left hundreds of civilians killed, pushing UN groups to blame coalition for war crimes.

On 20 September 2015, security department of Qaeda District in Ibb Governorate was hit by coalition warplanes, and 7 civilians were killed and 3 others injured in another strike one hour later as trying to rescue people.

But the AAJT spokesman claimed that the coalition aircraft attacked the building in one occasion with two successive bombs that directly hit their target, and the coalition did not re-attack the department.

In the third case, the coalition is accused of striking a building in Haddah of Sana'a City, leaving 7 civilians wounded. Here, Mansour said, the coalition had taken the right measures in dealing with the legitimate military target, and is prepared to assist the nearby residence of the Norwegian Council for Refugees in renovating damages "allegedly" caused by the strike.

A statement by Save the Children says a rocket on 26 March 2019 hit an oil station adjacent to the rural Kitaf hospital. The AAJT admitted, attributing the event to an error that diverted the bomb, leaving the station destroyed and the hospital partly damaged.

Yemen war has left tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and 3 million displaced.


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