Coalition to probe Yemen wedding air strike claims

Riyadh: The Joint Forces Command of the Arab Coalition has announced it is investigating claims that coalition forces targeted a wedding tent in the Beni Qais district in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the Coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki Al Maliki, on Monday said it was “reviewing the post-action procedures for all its executed operations, especially in the place and time of the alleged incident,” noting that preliminary results will be announced once the comprehensive operational review is completed.

Al Maliki also stressed the keenness of the Joint Forces Command to adopt and implement the rules of engagement in accordance with the rules and provisions of international humanitarian law, the most important of which is “the assumption that every person in Yemen is a civilian until proven otherwise”.

He also said coalition forces have a legal and moral commitment to protect civilians and civilian objects, in addition to taking all precautionary and preventive measures to ensure civilians are not impacted.

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