Yemeni army investigate cause of Sanaa strike

Interrogations will be held to figure out the party responsible for this mistake and will be dealt with according to the army regulations

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After the Arab coalition’s confirmation and acceptance of the results of the Sanaa funeral strike investigation, Major General Mohammed Almgdashy revealed “the Yemeni Army started to hold meetings on the level of leaders in order to investigate and discuss the information mentioned in the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) report on the Great Hall Incident,” according to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

“JIAT has concluded that a party affiliated to the Yemeni Presidency of the General Chief of Staff wrongly passed information and conducted the operation with the Saudi-led Arab Coalition permission,” added Almagdashy.

He added that interrogations will be held to figure out the party responsible for this mistake and will be dealt with according to the army regulations.

“The Air Operations Center in Yemen directed a close air support mission to target the location without obtaining approval from the Coalition command to support legitimacy and without following the Coalition command’s precautionary measures to ensure that the location is not a civilian one that may not be targeted,” said the JIAT report.

Earlier, in a phone call with Al Arabiya, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Asiri emphasized that “the important mission now is to modify the path and review the rules of engagement to make sure such errors which are not compatible with the principles of the alliance, which aims to serve the citizens. will not happen again.”

The coalition announced Saturday, that it accepts results by the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) on the Great Hall incident in Sanaa after examining the investigation.

“The coalition affirms that it accepts the results of the investigation, and has begun to implement the JIAT’s recommendations,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the coalition as saying.

The investigation’s report has mentioned that one of the coalition warplanes had “wrongly targeted” a funeral in the capital Sanaa after receiving false information from a party within the Yemeni army.

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