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

Colonel Turki Al-Malki, spokesman for the Arab Coalition in Yemen, addresses a news conference in Riyadh on March 26, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 24 April 2018
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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.


Israel announces plan to approve 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank

Updated 24 May 2018
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Israel announces plan to approve 2,500 new settler homes in West Bank

JERUSALEM: Israel’s defense minister said on Thursday he plans to seek approval next week for the construction of some 2,500 new homes in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Avigdor Lieberman, writing on Twitter, said a regional planning board would be asked to designate 1,400 of the housing units for immediate construction.

Settlements are one of the most heated issues in efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, frozen since 2014.

Palestinians want the West Bank for a future state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Most countries consider settlements that Israel has built in territory it captured in the 1967 Middle East war to be illegal.

Israel disputes that its settlements are illegal and says their future should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians.

“We will promote building in all of Judea and Samaria, from the north to south, in small communities and in large ones,” Lieberman wrote, using the Biblical names for the West Bank.

There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials, who have long argued that Israeli settlements could deny them a viable and contiguous country.

Some 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas that are also home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians.