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Regarding the alleged targeting of a fishing boat in the south (Mocha), (Taiz) governorate. Regarding the report of the International Committee Of The Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Mission concerning the targeting of a fishing boat by the Coalition Forces on January 9th, 2017 which was sailing towards (Djibouti) and arrived south of (Mocha) at approximately (12:00 pm) when it was targeted, which caused killing 11 civilians. The wreckage of the boat was found nearby the new coast and inside it the bodies, while other bodies were found scattered along the coast in (Mochaabah). JIAT has vetted the possibility of the incident and following verification of all related documents; including the Procedures and Rules of Engagement of the Coalition Forces, the Daily Naval Mission Schedule including its helicopters, the operational records and the logistics records of the Coalition vessels in the south of the Red Sea. JIAT also examined the map of the deployment of coalition ships and their locations in their areas of operation. JIAT found that Coalition Naval Forces including helicopters attached to some of them did not carry out any targeting in the date of the allegation January 9th, 2017. The only maritime activity on January 9th, 2017 was the inspection of four boats and a commercial vessel in the area of maritime operations, approximately (90) nautical miles away from the new coast south of (Mocha) (the place of the claim). By reviewing coalition Naval Missions on Sunday January 8th , 2017 the day before the date mentioned in the claim, JIAT found that the Coalition Forces did not conduct any targeting. By reviewing coalition Naval Missions on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the day following the date of the allegation JIAT found that the Coalition Forces did not conduct any targeting. In light of that, JIAT found that the Coalition Forces are not responsible for targeting the claimed fishing boat south of (Mocha), (Taiz) governorate.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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