Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

KS004

Incident date

August 15, 2023

Location

Bandar Jadiid and Fanoole villages in the town of Jilib, Middle Juba, Somalia

Airwars assessment

Four civilians, three women and a child, were killed and four other civilians, one woman and three children, were injured by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023.

Somali journalist Mahamuud Hassan (@xuquuqda1) reported that Kenyan airstrikes on Bandar Jadiid and Fanoole villages in the town of Jilib resulted in the death of three women and a child, and the injury of four other civilians. Mahamuud added that the airstrike hit a civilian area in the center of the town, and that hundreds of civilians gathered in the city center the following day to denounce the strikes.

Mepa News also reported civilian casualties from a Kenyan strike, providing details that Kenyan airstrike during the night against the city of Jilib resulted in the death of four civilians, all women and children, and the injury of four civilians, one woman and three children. Homes and a center where civilians injured in previous attacks were treated were bombed.

No other information is available at this time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (1 child3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Kenyan Defense Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Damage caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
  • Damage caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
  • Damage caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
  • Damage caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
  • Damage caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
  • Damage caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
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    Civilian injured by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
  • Civilian injured by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
  • Damage caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
  • Damage caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
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    Civilian injured by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
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    Civilian injured by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
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    Civilian injured by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
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    Civilian injured by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
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    Civilian injured by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by @xuquuqda1)
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    Damage and injuries caused by alleged Kenyan airstrikes on Jilib on August 15, 2023. (Image posted by Mepa News)

Kenyan Defense Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Kenyan Defense Forces
  • Kenyan Defense Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (1 child3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Kenyan Defense Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

KS003

Incident date

July 13, 2023

Location

Gherille, Somalia

Airwars assessment

Five al-Shabaab militants were killed by alleged Kenyan Defense Forces airstrikes on the town of Gherille near the Kenyan-Somalia border on July 13, 2023.

A tweet from @CrimeBusterKe reported that the Kenyan Defense Forces killed carried out an airstrike in Gherille which killed five militants in a technical vehicle.

The airstrikes occurred in the same area where al-Shabaab militants had attacked a former ATMIS base twice which was handed over to the Somali National Army three weeks before, with the strikes coming on the same day that the al-Shabaab militants seized the base.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Kenyan Defense Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al-Shabaab
  • Belligerents reported killed
    5

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Alleged KDF airstrikes in Gherille on July 13, 2023. (Image posted by @abuga_makori)

Kenyan Defense Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Kenyan Defense Forces
  • Kenyan Defense Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Kenyan Defense Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al-Shabaab
  • Belligerents reported killed
    5

Sources (4) [ collapse]