Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YEMYEM010

Incident date

June 15, 2012

Location

شبوة‎, Mountainous area in the Shabwa province, Shabwa, Yemen

Geolocation

14.723675, 46.795827 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Province/governorate level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between five and eight Al Qaeda members were killed and two others were injured in an alleged airstrike by Yemeni forces on June 15th 2012 in the governorate of Shabwa. There are currently no known reports of civilian harm.

The attack was reportedly carried out in a “mountainous area” of the Shabwa region, though little further details were given. A Ma’rib Press correspondent in Shabwa reported that airstrikes were carried out on Al Qaeda sites in Jabal Saqah and Jabal Bin Atash, resulting in the death of eight members.

A local security official told the Chinese news agency Xinhua that “two senior Al Qaeda commanders” were among the killed militants. Moreover, a local resident claimed to have seen “five corpses on a pick-up truck, all of them burned” while two injured militants were brought to the hospital in Azzan town.

According to Mar’ib Press, the airstrike was part of multiple raids launched by the Yemen Air Forces on Al Qaeda sites in the Shabwa region.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    5–8
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a mountainous area in the Shabwa (شبوة‎) province, and that the injured were taken to a hospital in the town of Azzan (عزان). It is unclear what mountainous area is referred to, as the majority of the Shabwa province could be identified as such. The generic coordinates for the province of Shabwa (شبوة‎) are: 14.723675, 46.795827. The coordinates for the town of Azzan (عزان) are: 14.3267791, 47.4475743. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    5–8
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YEMYEM009

Incident date

June 11, 2012

Location

جعار, Outskirts of Ja'ar, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.223161, 45.305486 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

In this single-source event, Xinhua reported that three alleged senior Al Qaeda militants were killed in an airstrike on their vehicle in Jaar on June 11, 2012, attributing the strike to Yemeni “warplanes.” There are currently no known reports of civilian harm.

They were killed “while they were moving to oversee the fighting with army troops on the outskirts of Jaar,” Xinhua reported.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the outskirts of the town of Ja’ar (جعار). The generic coordinates for the town of Ja’ar (جعار) are: 13.223161, 45.305486. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YEMYEM008

Incident date

June 7, 2012

Location

مودية, Eastern parts of Mudiya, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.928521, 46.083144 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Two Al Qaeda commanders were killed and seven other militants were injured by a Yemeni airstrike “while they were inspecting a checkpoint” in Moudia, Abyan on June 7, 2012. There are currently no known reports of civilian harm.

According to @taizcity, the strikes were carried out by helicopters (but did not attribute them to the US or Yemen). Xinhua attributed the strikes to the Yemeni Air Force.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2
  • Belligerents reported injured
    7

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that the airstrike targeted a checkpoint in the eastern part of the town of Mudiya (مودية), for which the coordinates are: 13.928521, 46.083144. A possible checkpoint can be seen on satellite imagery of February 2013 at these coordinates: 13.929017, 46.087330. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2
  • Belligerents reported injured
    7

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YEMYEM007

Incident date

May 27, 2012

Location

جعار, West of Ja'ar, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.22009, 45.304524 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

In a night of battles and strikes on Jaar, Abyan province, a bomb hit a factory on May 27, 2012, reportedly killing several Al Qaeda militants. Of the deceased, up to seven militants were allegedly killed by airstrike whilst up to 15 militants were killed in fights on the ground. Ennahar Online recorded one civilian death, however the cause of death remains unclear. The strikes were reportedly conducted by Yemen forces.

According to Reuters, “the bodies of seven militants were seen on Sunday being carried away from a factory located west of Jaar, which is used by Ansar al-Sharia as a base, after it was attacked by a Yemeni warplane on Saturday night.” AFP, quoted by An-Nahar Online, reported that five Al Qaeda militants, including a field commander named Abdul Rahman al-Muslimi, and one civilian were killed in night battles with aviation supporting the ground forces, without specifying how the militants and civilian were killed.

The factory that was struck was to the west of the city and was allegedly a base used by the Yemen-based Al Qaeda branch, Ansar al Sharia.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    5–7

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a factory west of the town of Ja’ar (جعار). Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location of this factory. The generic coordinates for the west of the town of Ja’ar (جعار) are: 13.22009, 45.304524.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    5–7

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YEMYEM006

Incident date

May 20, 2012

Location

جعار, Ja'ar, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.223161, 45.305486 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A factory reportedly used by Al Qaeda for weapon storage to the north of Jaar was targeted in an alleged Yemeni airstrike as fighting in the city continued, sources reported, adding that up to 14 Al Qaeda militants were killed in the battle, with between nine and 13 killed by the airstrike, on May 20, 2012. There are currently no known reports of civilian harm.

Reuters, who reported that at least 11 were killed in the battle on May 20th, said that up to nine militants were killed in the airstrike – citing local residents who said a vehicle carrying the bodies of alleged insurgents was seen speeding from the factory. A tweet from @hbashrbash put the number of Al Qaeda militants killed at 13.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Causes of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions, Small arms and light weapons
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    9–13

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that the airstrike targeted a ‘factory used as a base by militants’ in the town of Ja’ar (جعار). Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for the town of Ja’ar (جعار) are: 13.223161, 45.305486.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Causes of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions, Small arms and light weapons
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    9–13

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YEMYEM005

Incident date

May 14, 2012

Location

جعار, Ja'ar, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.223161, 45.305486 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

In a third incident occurring on the 14th of May 2012, two children were wounded by alleged Yemeni warplane strike in Ja’ar in Abyan Province.

A military official told AP that a warplane missed its target and accidentally struck civilians, leaving two children wounded. AP was the only source to report on this incident, and attributed the incident to Yemeni warplanes.

No other details have been reported.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident only mention the town of Ja’ar (جعار), for which the generic coordinates are: 13.223161, 45.305486. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YEMYEM004

Incident date

September 2, 2011

Location

الكود, Al Kud, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.086120, 45.361937 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least four people, three women and a man, were killed in alleged Yemeni strikes on Al-Kud on September 2, 2011.

On the second of September, a tweet from @YemenLatestNews reported that four people from the same family were killed as part of a Yemeni airstrike against suspected Al Qaeda operatives. Barakish.net also reported that four individuals were killed, describing the victims as three women and one man. It was reported that a shell struck the civilian home “by mistake”. Witnesses to the bombing as well as a reporter from Barakish.net noted that Al Qaeda operatives have been hiding in civilian homes for cover and have planted mines around the roads and bridges in the Al-Kud region as they fled that area.

Amnesty International gave a more complete report of the event, noting that three women and one man were killed, and the civilians were among the last families left still living in the battered Al-Kud region. The victims were named as Mariam Ahmed Ibrahim Ali al-Sobeihi, her sister Ansa Ahmed Ibrahim Ali al-Sobeihi, their mother So’oud Ali Hassan, and stepfather Abdullah Ali bin Ali. The family, who according to the report, remained in the village to tend to their lambs, were discovered under the remnants of their home by Mariam’s son.

Mariam’s son told Amnesty International: “I took a donkey to a farm that has a well not far from our home. I fetched water for the lambs and then heard loud explosions. I hurried back home and I saw that the ceiling had fallen almost in one piece to the ground. There was so much dust that I couldn’t see well… There was no movement, no sound… so I thought my family had gone somewhere else. I went to nearby homes that belong to my grandfather and my grandmother and I was shouting like a madman: ‘Mum! Auntie!…’ There was no answer. I returned home and the dust had settled by then… My eyes caught an orange cloth with red roses on it from under the rubble; it was my mother’s dress… she was wearing it that day… I couldn’t handle it. I froze to the spot.”

“Then my two cousins, including one whose mother was under the rubble, came from Aden to force us to go with them because they could hear the intense shelling from there. I told them they were all under the rubble… We were all shocked… We started removing the rubble until we reached them. They were covered in dust mixed with blood. They were all dead. We wrapped them in long cloths… we couldn’t bury them in al-Kawd because Ansar al-Shari’a were based in the cemetery… my cousin called his friend from Ja’ar who came with his car and helped us take them to Ja’ar… we buried them in its cemetery.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Mariam Ahmed Ibrahim Ali al-Sobeihi
female killed
Ansa Ahmed Ibrahim Ali alSobeihi
female Mariam's sister killed
So’oud Ali Hassan
female Mother to Mariam and Ansa killed
Abdullah Ali bin Ali
male Stepfather to Mariam and Ansa killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 women1 man)
  • 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
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Al Kud (الكود), for which the generic coordinates are: 13.086120, 45.361937. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 women1 man)
  • 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
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YEMYEM003

Incident date

August 24, 2011

Location

زنجبار‎, Zinjibar, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.129059, 45.380422 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Aug. 24, 2011, multiple news outlets reported that airstrikes by the Yemeni government killed 30-40 suspected Al Qaeda militants in the town of Zinjibar, located in the province of Abyan. While there are no reported cases of civilian harm, estimates vary on the number of suspected militants killed in the strike.

The Associated Press and antiwar.com reported that 30 suspected AQ militants had been killed in the strikes on Zinjibar, while Sanaa News, Yemeress, and @Ymncafe stated that 40 suspected militants had been killed.

The strike on Zinjibar unfolded as part of larger operations throughout the region, in which AP and antiwar.com reported that six suspected militants had been killed in strikes on nearby Arkoub (USYEM028-B). Both outlets report that 30 out of 36 militants were killed between the two strikes were in Abyan.

Various reports state that Yemeni troops suffered losses in the operations that took place throughout Abyan, with AP reporting that eight Yemeni soldiers were killed in fighting around Zinjibar and CNN stating that 12 government troops had been killed and 42 injured since the morning of the 23rd, part of 29 killed and 62 injured from “both sides” in fighting in Abyan.

Antiwar.com stated that 18 government troops had been killed in two days in fighting in the region. Sanaa News and Yemeress both reported that the day before the Aug. 24 strike, an Al Qaeda attack on Yemeni forces killed 20 government soldiers.

The strikes represented another push by the Saleh government to recapture the Abyan province from Al Qaeda, which took control of the region in May 2011 amidst widespread disfavor with the Saleh regime. The Associated Press reported that continuous airstrikes and ground raids had “failed to dislodge” Al Qaeda from the area.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    30–40

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Zinjibar (زنجبار‎) in Ayban province. The coordinates for the town of Zinjibar are: 13.129059, 45.380422.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    30–40

Sources (10) [ collapse]