Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI047

Incident date

March 3, 2015

Location

الجمهورية, Fallujah, Jamhouriya, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

33.3536346, 43.7731147 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Aircraft bombed a primary school and a hospital in the Jamhouriya neighbourhood of Fallujah, reportedly killing up to 12 civilians and injuring 9. Local media reported that children were among the dead, including 11-year old Suhaib Jassem Batawi. According to Arabi21, the attack was the work of the Iraq Air Force and had killed three schoolchildren.

However, the incident occurred during significant military action involving both the Iraq Army and Shia militia, with US airstrikes also taking place in the area, making attribution difficult.

 

The incident occured around dusk.

  • Suhaib Jassem Batawi 11 years old male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 12
  • (1–3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–9
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Photos of the school before and after the bombing
  • More photos of the alleged incident

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

The alleged Coalition airstrike was reported to have struck an elementary school in the Jamhouriya neighbourhood (الجمهورية) in Fallujah (الفلوجة) in the late afternoon/evening. Satellite imagery available to Airwars of March 3, 2015 shows damage to the Jamhouriya Primary School for Boys (مدرسة الجمهورية الابتدائية للبنين), for which the coordinates are: 33.351672, 43.774166. This location was found through geolocation of the images of the school published by the Iraq Spring Media Centre. Coordinates for the midpoint of Jamhouriya neighbourhood (الجمهورية) are: 33.3536346, 43.7731147.

  • Outlines of Jamhouriya neighbourhood ( الجمهورية ) and the location of the Al-Gomhoria Primary School for Boys ( مدرسة الجمهورية الابتدائية للبنين )

    Imagery:
    © 2018 Google

  • Damage visible in satellite imagery taken on Mar. 6, 2016. Features in the satellite imagery, such as the painted curb, destroyed wall and telegraph poles (shadows), match those depicted in reports of the incident. The text on the image on the right reads: "This is the Jamhouriya ( الجمهورية ) primary school after the bombing".

    Date taken:
    March 6, 2016

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Fallujah, Iraq
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 26, 2018
  • After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The coalition has confirmed major airstrikes at Fallujah on on March 3rd-4th 2015. According to CJTF-OIR: ‘Near Fallujah, five airstrikes struck an IED factory, an ISIL VBIED factory, an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL vehicle.”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 12
  • (1–3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–9
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]