Half brother of Yemen's slain ex-president to head forces

Yemeni army forces can be seen in this file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 17 March 2018
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Half brother of Yemen's slain ex-president to head forces

SANAA: Yemen's president has appointed the half brother of the country's slain ex-president to head a military force.
Saturday's decision by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi assigns Ali Saleh Al-Ahmar, the half brother of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as commander of the country's reserve force.
Al-Ahmar fled the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, to Saudi Arabia following Saleh's death in December at the hands of Shiite Houthi rebels, Saleh's onetime allies.
The Houthis and Saleh's forces joined ranks in 2014, sweeping the capital and forcing Hadi's internationally recognized government to flee. Months later, a Saudi-led coalition backed Hadi's government and waged a campaign against the Houthis and Saleh's forces.
Saleh was killed after he expressed readiness to negotiate with the coalition, a move the Houthis saw as betrayal.
 


Arab Coalition: We will investigate the alleged targeting of a wedding in Yemen

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Arab Coalition: We will investigate the alleged targeting of a wedding in Yemen

  • The Arab Coalition said that it was following with concern what has been circulated in some media outlets that coalition forces allegedly targeted a wedding in the northern governorate of Hajjah
  • The spokesperson said that the coalition will announce preliminary results of this incident upon the completion of a comprehensive and operational audit

The Arab Coalition said on Tuesday that it was following with concern what has been circulated in some media outlets that coalition forces allegedly targeted a wedding in the northern governorate of Hajjah in Yemen, Saudi state channel Al -Ekhbariya reported. 

Media reports on Monday reported that an airstrike hit a wedding in the Bani Qaais district.

Coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki Al-Malki said that the joint leadership of the coalition usually reviewed post-action procedures for all its executed operations and noted that the preliminary results of this incident will be announced upon the completion of a comprehensive and operational audit.

He stressed the keenness of the joint forces to adopt and implement the rules of engagement, in accordance with the rules and provisions of international humanitarian law, the most important of which was “the assumption that every person in Yemen is a civilian until proven otherwise.”

He also stressed the commitment of coalition forces to legally and morally protect civilians and non-military installations, as well as to take all precautionary and preventive measures and ensure that military operations were in accordance with the highest standards and mechanisms of modern targeting.

He explained that these include determining the legitimate military objective to achieve operational goals. Adding that this also involved selecting and distinguishing the target and applying the principle of proportionality by taking into account the humanitarian factors and using all sources and means of intelligence to confirm it.