France denies report airstrike in Mali killed 19 civilians at wedding ceremony


The French protection ministry on Tuesday contested a United Nations report that decided an airstrike earlier within the yr in Mali resulted within the deaths of 19 civilians taking part in a marriage.

Reuters reported that the U.N.’s dedication got here after a division of the U.N.’s mission within the nation interviewed greater than 400 folks and studied satellite tv for pc photos from the Jan. 3, 2021 strike within the distant village referred to as Bounti.

The U.N. report mentioned that its investigation discovered {that a} wedding ceremony was happening on the time and had about 100 in attendance. The report mentioned 19 civilians had been killed together with three armed males in attendance believed to be members of an Al Qaeda-linked group.

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French authorities have mentioned that “a number of dozen” extremists had been killed through the airstrike. On Tuesday, they mentioned the U.N. report had relied on unidentified witnesses and did not clarify beneath what circumstances their testimony was taken.

“Quite the opposite, this strike adopted a course of of sturdy concentrating on,” the ministry mentioned.

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“The Protection Ministry can not contemplate that this report brings any proof in any way contradicting the information described by the French armed forces,” an announcement mentioned, insisting that worldwide humanitarian legislation governing armed conflicts was strictly noticed through the strike.

The Related Press contributed to this report

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