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Arab coalition defends Yemen airstrikes, admits ‘shortcomings’

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Written by NY Staff

Investigators for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen defended the majority of deadly strikes on civilian populated areas but admitted “shortcomings” in two of eight airstrikes condemned by the UN.

An investigation by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen released Thursday acknowledged “shortcomings” in two out of eight airstrikes condemned by the UN, but defended the majority of deadly strikes on civilian populated areas.

A 14-member investigative team – made up of coalition states Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Yemen – probed claims of attacks on a residential area, hospitals, markets, a wedding and World Food Programme aid trucks.

“We found shortcomings in two cases while the rest were in line with international humanitarian law,” the team’s Bahraini spokesman, Mansur al-Mansur, told a briefing in Riyadh.

The investigation found the coalition guilty of “mistakenly” hitting a residential compound in the Red Sea port city of Mokha after it had received “imprecise intelligence information”.

Human Rights Watch had condemned the attack, which killed at least 65 civilians in July last year, as an “apparent war crime”.

The investigative team called on families of victims to apply for compensation by contacting Yemen’s Saudi-backed government.