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A UN investigation embarrasses France. It implicates the French army in the air strike of January 3, 2020 in Mali, which cost the lives of 19 civilians gathered on the occasion of a wedding. Paris refutes any blunders and criticizes the investigators’ working method.
15 human rights investigators assisted by experts from the UN forensic science went to the bombing zone in Mali. On the charred area, they noted the evidence, the clues and their conclusions are clear: the French army planes did hit civilians in January, and not just jihadists.
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“At least 22 people, including three suspected members of the katiba Serma present at the rally scene, were killed by the Barkhane Force strike“Says the report of the Human Rights and Protection Division.”The group affected by the strike was overwhelmingly composed of civilians who are persons protected against attacks under international humanitarian law.“, continues the report. It is in Bounti, in the center of Mali, that the bombardment took place. The area is regularly furrowed by jihadists.