Arab Coalition: UN Human Rights report on Yemen sent to legal team for review

"We will take the appropriate position of the report after the legal review," Arab Coalition's official spokesman Turki Al-Malki said. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 August 2018
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Arab Coalition: UN Human Rights report on Yemen sent to legal team for review

  • The Arab Coalition's spokesman said that the report of the Human Rights Council was referred to the coalition's legal team
  • UAE’s Gargash said a UN report accusing the Arab Coalition of human rights abuses merited a response

DUBAI: The Arab Coalition's official spokesman Turki Al-Malki said on Tuesday that the coalition follows all the UN reports on the crisis in Yemen with interest, adding that the report of the Human Rights Council was referred to the coalition's legal team.

"We will take the appropriate position of the report after the legal review," he said.

Earlier, United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said a United Nations report accusing the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen of human rights abuses merited a response.
“We should review and respond to the (UN) experts’ report published today,” said Gargash in a tweet.
“The coalition is fulfilling its role in reclaiming the Yemeni state and securing the future of the region from Iranian interference,” he added.


Six convicted for 2016 Istanbul airport attack that killed 45

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Six convicted for 2016 Istanbul airport attack that killed 45

ISTANBUL: A court in Istanbul convicted six people and sentenced them to life in prison for involvement in an extremist attack at Istanbul’s main airport that killed 45 people and was blamed on Daesh, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Friday.
The six were convicted of premediated homicide and contravening the Turkish Constitution in the 2016 attack that also injured 163, the Anadolu Agency said. Twenty-six other defendants were acquitted of all charges.
On June 28, 2016, three suspected militants armed with automatic weapons stormed Ataturk International Airport and opened fire. They eventually detonated suicide vests that killed them as well as more airport visitors. The attack was one of several in Turkey blamed on Daesh extremists.
The attackers were identified as Vadim Osmanav and Rakhim Bulgarov, while the third man’s name remains unknown.
A total of 46 defendants were on trial for the attack, including Russian, Algerian, Tunisian, Egyptian, Syrian and Turkish citizens. Six were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 12 years for membership in a terror group, Anadolu said.
Others were convicted of aiding a terror group or fraud. Four defendants remain at large.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Turkish authorities blamed it on Daesh.