US News Did France recognize having killed civilians in the bombardment of Bounti in Mali on January 3?

20:30  13 june  2021
20:30  13 june  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Une vue aérienne de la zone autour du village de Bounti prise fin janvier 2021 par la mission des Nations Unies au Mali. © MINUSMA An aerial view of the area around the village of Bounti taken at the end of January 2021 by the United Nations Mission in Mali.

Question asked by Salvador on June 10, 2021.

While Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday "The end of Operation Barkhane" at Sahel , hence the French army will gradually disengage during the coming years, you We query the controversial bombardment of the village of Bounti, which took place in January 2021 in Mali.

Sunday, January 3, French hunting planes hit and kill a group of people gathered near the village of Bounti. Colonel Frédéric Barbry, spokespersons for the armed forces, then indicates to release to have shot "Jihadist fighters" identified after an "multi-day information operation". This version is contradicted by the association Peule Tabital Pulaaku which denounces an aerial shot that cost 19 civilians on the sidelines of a marriage. Several testimonials from villagers harvested on site by release or the NGO Human Rights Watch also support the theory of marriage.

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However, the French staff does not tell, "there can be no doubt and ambiguity: there was no marriage," explains a military manager to the AFP . Its version is supported by the Malian army, which ensures that "the information collected live justified that the neutralized targets were confirmed military objectives".

Investigation Open by the UN

A Reaper drone that has monitored the area before and during the typing, calls for transparency are multiplying to make the part between the two versions and check if the slaughtered men had suspicious behavior. But the French ministry refuses to reveal the images, invoking the fact that "show pictures is to show our enemies what we see from him" . At the end of January, United Nations United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission (MINUSMA) multidimensional mission opens an investigation.

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In an "Bounti's Incident Report" unveiled on March 30, UN investigators conclude to "the holding of a marriage celebration that gathered at the place of a hundred civilians Of which were five armed persons, the alleged members of Katiba Serma, " of the Jihadists who lent allegiance to the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM) . After interviewing several hundred people and having gone to Bounti for two days, the Minusma counts 22 people killed by the Barkhane force, "three of the alleged members of the Katiba Serma present at the place of the rally" . The report stresses that "the group affected by the typing was largely composed of civilians who are persons protected against attacks in the light of international humanitarian law" and that "no information on the evidence available to the evidence. Barkhane force has been communicated to MINUSMA ".

This report was immediately challenged by the Department of Armies in a release published on March 30th. The French staff was emitting "many reservations about the methodology adopted by the report" believes that "unverifiable local testimonies and unsweeted hypotheses" harvested by MINUSMA investigators, are opposed to "To a robust method of intelligence of French armies, supervised by the requirements of international humanitarian law" . The Communiqué insists in particular on the contradictions of the witnesses, who ensure helicopters when typing, while French or Malian armies did not engage this type of device. In an interview published on May 21th by Le Figaro , General Lecointre continued to criticize the "errors and biases of the report of the Minusma Human Rights Directorate" which would be the result "D 'A manipulation " who sought" to hinders us, to discredit us, to delegit our action, to mount the populations against our action ".

Contacted by CheckNews , the Ministry of Armies does not indicate a change of position and always refers to its late March press release. Officially France ensures, without revealing the images that would support its version, in Bounti, on January 3, "The French Armed Forces have carried an air strike targeting an armed terrorist group identified as such" .

Mali: The Barkhane force struck by a car trapped, several wounded (Info France 24) .
© Daphne Benoit, AFP A vehicle of the French forces of Operation Barkhane, in Gossi, in the center of Mali, on March 25th 2019. An attack at the car trapped targeting the forces of Operation Barkhane has made several wounded, Monday in Gossi, in the center of Mali, according to information reported by local sources in France 24.

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