(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency)
Regarding the report issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued on (07/09/2015), which included that on (21 April 2015), (40) civilians were killed and (70) civilians were injured as a result of air strikes targeting the (Al-Daleel Bridge) in (Ibb) governorate. It was reported that two air strikes hit the bridge and the road leading to (Sana'a) governorate, causing a large number of civilian casualties. People began to come to help the injured in the first explosion when the second strike was launched.
JIAT verified the incident and, after reviewing all the documents, including the procedures; rules of engagement, the schedules of daily air missions, the video recordings of the mission and satellite images. After assessing gathered evidence, JIAT found that based on military necessity, of cutting supply routes of the Houthi armed militia at the beginning of military operations, and where the team was briefed on what has been proven to the coalition forces through surveillance and reconnaissance of the use of the bridge for non-purposes that its created for in normal circumstances. The coalition forces carried out an aerial mission on (21 April 2015) against the target (Al-Daleel Bridge) which is considered a military target whose destruction is a military advantage, using two bombs and a two minute time interval between the first and the second bombing. After viewing video recordings of the executed mission, the bridge was partially destroyed; and clear of civilians and vehicles during the time of both attacks.
In light of this, JIAT concludes that the bridge was clear from civilians at the time of the bombing, and that the procedures of Coalition Forces in dealing with military objectives were correct, and in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.
Regarding the report issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross issued on (06/08/2015) which included that the coalition air force carried out an air raid on (Al-Qasimi) neighborhood in (Old Sana'a) at (02:45) am, on (12/06/2015), targeting a complex of buildings and resulted Killing 5 civilians and destroying 6 residential buildings.
JIAT verified the incident and, after reviewing all the documents, including the procedures; rules of engagement, the schedules of daily air missions, and satellite images. After assessing gathered evidence, JIAT found that on (12/06/2015) The air coalition forces dealt only with two military targets, (3300 m) and (8160 m) away from the (Old Sana'a).
In light of this, JIAT found that the Coalition Forces did not excute any air missions in the vicinity of (old Sana'a), and had not bombed in (Al-Qasimi) neighborhood of (Old Sana'a).
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