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Saudi-led coalition starts first trials of own personnel over Yemen war violations

In a first, Gulf alliance fighting in Yemen will hold courts-martial for forces accused of breaching international law there

Saudi-led coalition starts first trials of own personnel over Yemen war violations
A Saudi-led military coalition attacked multiple sites in Yemen, leaving dozens dead ( REUTERS )

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen says it has launched the first court-martial proceedings against its military personnel suspected of violating international law during the five-year civil war.

Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a briefing in London that they had finished collating investigation files into incidents that breached the rules of engagement and would hold “those who had breached the law to account”, Saudi’s official news agency said.

Last year the United Nations’ panel of experts accused the Gulf alliance, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, of possible war crimes, saying the coalition had killed civilians in airstrikes and deliberately denied people food in a country facing famine.

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