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. 

Spokesperson 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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