Saudi Arabia Forms Group to Investigate Yemen Airstrike Claims

1 Feb 2016   Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Saudi Arabia on Sunday announced the formation of an independent group to investigate claims of airstrikes that have led to civilian deaths in Yemen , where the kingdom has led a military coalition fighting against Houthi rebels since March 2015. The coalition said it “deeply regrets the death of civilian victims in Yemen,” adding that it takes all precautions to protect them as well as medical staff, humanitarian organizations, relief agencies, journalists and media workers. The investigation group will comprise “senior officers, military advisers and experts in the field of weapons and international humanitarian law to assess accidents and verification procedures, and the mechanism of targeting and how it can be developed,” the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement. The team will come out with a “clear, full and objective” report for each case, including conclusions and lessons learned and recommendations for future actions to be taken. […]

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