Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI203

Incident date

March 19, 2016

Location

الثقافية, Mosul, cultural group area, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.375, 43.141667 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least 15 civilians were claimed killed alongside 40 or more Daesh fighters, in an alleged Coalition air raid on Mosul.

NRN News first flashed at around noon local time “the fall of dozens of civilians by bombings on both sides of the city. More soon.”

In a later bulletin, the news agency said the Coalition had struck three sites in the city. The first was a cafe near Mosul’s Office of Marriage Contracts, which according to NRN “is a favourite meeting place for foreign elements in Daesh.”

Following an initial attack “people gathered around the place to help the wounded. But a second missile led to a fall of more than fifty civilians among the dead and injured.” NRN later placed the civilian death toll here at 25. Up to 40 fighters also reportedly died.

The second series of airstrikes was said to have targeted the University of Mosul’s campus. According to NRN “our correspondent says that the second bombing targeted the presidency of the University of Mosul building, killing Daesh’s Minister of Higher Education in addition to the killing and wounding of more than 50 others, including foreigners. Planes also bombed another building on campus, a Faculty of Engineering building where mechanics worked on improvised explosive devices and explosives.” A later single source report claimed that as many as 90 students were killed in this attack, with 155 seriously injured.

A third site in the east of the city at Camp Ghazlani was also reportedly bombed.

Governor of Nineveh Province Nofal Sultan later blamed the Coalition for “dozens of civilian deaths.” He also called for the Coalition to improve the accuracy of its strikes, noting that 2 million ordinary Iraqis were still trapped in Mosul.

The Coalition later confirmed it had carried out the strikes, with spokesman Colonel Steve Warren noting that alleged civilian casualties were under investigation.

In a Daesh propaganda video issued four months later, UK reporter John Cantile gave what appears to be ISIL’s own civilian casualty estimate for the event – noting that 15 civilians died with 103 injured.

Multiple sources names three victims who were killed and one man badly.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Haitham Abu Maryam Adult male killed
  • Ashraf Adult male killed
  • Raed Abu Ahmed Adult male killed
  • Mahmood Abu Shaker Adult male (via @mosul.kadema) injured

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 25
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–103
  • 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 (38) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Reported Coalition strike on Mosul March 19th 2016 (via Al Ghad FM)
  • Coalition airstrikes target central Mosul on March 19th 2016 (via Daesh propaganda)
  • An image shows the victim who was killed in an alleged Coalition air raid on Mosul (via NRN News)
  • An image reveals the smokes that followed shelling that targeted the cultural group area, the police district and the College of Engineering and the door of the presidency of the University of Mosul (via Nineveh)
  • A picture of Mahmood Abu Shaker who was injured following an alleged Coalition air raid on Mosul (via @mosul.kadema)
  • Another image shows smoke followed shelling that reportedly targeted the presidency of the University of Mosul, March 19th (via Alghad FM)
  • A picture of the victim (Raed Abu Ahmed) who was killed in a strike on Mosul, March 19th (via MNN)
  • An image of the victim Haitham Abu Maryam who was killed during the shelling on March 19, 2016, in Mosul (via MNN)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For March 19th-20th 2016., the Coalition reported that “Near Mosul, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL supply cache, and three ISIL vehicles and damaged an ISIL-used bridge section and suppressed an ISIL fighting position.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 25
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–103
  • 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 (38) [ collapse]