Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI199

Incident date

March 7, 2016

Location

يت, Hit, Anbar, Iraq

Geolocation

33.642631, 42.8278537 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Twelve civilians reportedly died when their homes were struck in alleged Coalition airstrikes at Hit – although no strikes were publicly declared in the near vicinity.

According to local media, among those killed ‘in Coalition strikes’ were Hadi Hassan Jihad, Bashar Hadi Jihad and five other family members with several more wounded, near the secondary school for girls in Jamyiah neighbourhood; and Fadel Awad Alasaffi and his wife, who died when the nearby Meteorological Department was bombed.

Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes in western Iraq that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event at Hit.

In their February 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Fadel Awad Alasaffi Adult male (via Heit News al-Hadath) killed
  • The wife of Fadel Awad Alasaffi Adult female (via Heit News al-Hadath) killed
  • Hadi Hassan Jihad Age unknown (via Heit News al-Hadath) killed
  • Bashar Hadi Jihad Age unknown (via Heit News al-Hadath) killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12
  • (1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • An image of the victim (Bashar Hadi Jihad) who was killed in an alleged Coalition strike at Hit March 7th 2016 (via News From Hit)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    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
  • MGRS coordinate
    38SKC985246
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Feb 2, 2020
  • March 7, 2016, in Hit, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 2912/CI199 38SKC985246

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For March 6th-7th 2016, the Coalition reported strikes in both Fallujah and Ramadi.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12
  • (1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]