Coalition to ‘review rules of engagement to ensure mistakes not repeated’

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The Arab Coalition fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen released a statement on Saturday saying they have accepted the findings of assessment report regarding a recent strike in Saada and pledged to “hold the ones who committed mistakes accountable”.

The findings of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) regarding allegations surrounding one of the operations carried out by Coalition on Aug. 9 2018 in Saada concluded mistakes in compliance to the Rules of Engagement regarding the strike.

“Thereupon, the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition expresses regret over the mistakes, extends its sympathies, condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims and announces its acceptance of the results and findings of (JIAT). The Joint Forces Command will, as soon as the official findings are received, undertake legal proceedings to hold the ones who committed mistakes accountable according to the rules and regulations related to such cases, and continue to revise and enhance its Rules of Engagement, according to operational lessons learned, in a manner that guarantees non-recurrence of such incidents,” the statement released on Saudi Press Agency read.

“The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will task the Joint Committee to assess granting voluntary assistance to the ones affected in Yemen, and communicate with the Legitimate Government in Yemen to acquire identities and names of the ones affected, so that compensations can be provided under regulatory measures,” the statement added.

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