The Saudi-led coalition said Sunday it has formed a new independent team to investigate charges of possible abuses against civilians in the conflict.
Moreover, coalition command said in a brief statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency that it had formed “an independent team of experts in international humanitarian law and weapons to assess the incidents and investigate the rules of engagement.”
The coalition said the objective was to “develop a clear and comprehensive report on each incident with the conclusions, lessons learned, recommendations and measures that should be taken” to spare civilians.
“(The coalition) greatly regrets civilian casualties in Yemen”, the Coalition said on its official Twitter page.
The committee of experts will be tasked with evaluating the coalition’s rules of engagement involving citizens during this conflict. It will then provide the coalition with conclusions and recommendations on targeting mechanisms.
“We seriously deal with the United Nations and its agencies”, coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri said
“We continuously train our [coalitions’] members to correctly implement rules of engagement”, Brig. Asseri added.
He also announced that a hotline has been established with the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to protect its facilities after the coalition’s raid damaged their hospital in Haydan, Saada governorate. The coalition has and will continue to take all precautions to protect civilians, medical staff, humanitarian organizations and journalists in Yemen.