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Incident on 31 March 2015 [+] Print this page

Location: National Cement Company (NCC) located in Wadi Sa'an area, Lahij Governorate [+]

Country: Yemen [+]

Violation types: Violation of international humanitarian law [+]


This incident took place in National Cement Company (NCC) located in Wadi Sa'an area, Lahij Governorate, Yemen [+]


According to the Panel of Experts on Yemen: "137. The Panel documented that the coalition had conducted air strikes targeting civilians and civilian objects, in violation of international humanitarian law, including camps for internally displaced persons and refugees; civilian gatherings, including weddings; civilian vehicles, including buses; civilian residential areas; medical facilities; schools; mosques; markets, factories and food storage warehouses; and other essential civilian infrastructure, such as the airport in Sana ’a, the port in Hudaydah and domestic transit routes (see annexes 52, 54 and 61). 138. The Panel documented 119 coalition sorties relating to violations of international humanitarian law. Many attacks involved multiple air strikes on multiple civilian objects. Of the 119 sorties, the Panel identified 146 targeted objects(see annex 47). [...] Airstrikes on Non-Military Factories (dated 31 March, 12 September and 29 October 2015) On Monday evening on 31 March 2015, the Coalition conducted airstrikes upon the National Cement Company (NCC) located in Wadi Sa'an area, Musaymir district, of Lahj governorate. At least ten people were killed and thirteen injured. Nine employees who were on a bus at the time of the airstrikes, had been preparing to leave work and they along with at least one truck driver working for a wholesaler were killed immediately. Two truck drivers were unable to be found. An assessment conducted by ARES Conflict Damage Assessment YEM049 stated that it had determined with high confidence that at least one of the munitions which struck Site YEM049 was a Hakim A series precision guided munition, very likely delivered by a United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF) Dassault Mirage 2000-9 or F-16E/F ‘Desert Falcon’ fighter. ” [+]

Perpetrator units

Name Other Names Classification
Operation Decisive Storm [+] Firmness Storm
Operation Storm of Resolve
Resolve Storm
operation Asifat al-Hazm
Air Force [+]
Army [+]
Joint Operation [+]
Military [+]
Navy [+]


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Publication Date Publisher Publication Title Access Date Archive Link
26 January 2016 United Nations Letter dated 22 January 2016 from the Panel of Experts on Yemen established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2140 (2014) addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2018/192) 08 October 2019