Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI203a

Incident date

March 19, 2016

Location

القيارة, Qayarrah, Nineveh, Iraq

Airwars assessment

According to a field investigation conducted by reporters Azmah Khan and Anand Gopal for the New York Times, seven civilian were killed and one injured by a Coalition airstrike on a railway station in Qayyarah.

The two journalists provided Airwars with the following: “According to our reporting, the following occurred: When ISIS left a mortar in Qaiyara’s rail yard, a local informant passed on the coordinates for an airstrike. The strikes hit the rail yard on or near March 19, 2016, but ISIS had moved on.

“Instead, the homes of Salam al-Odeh and Aaz-Aldin Muhammad Alwan were hit. Salam’s wife, Harbia, hung on until she reached the hospital, where she told her relatives what happened, then died of her injuries. A few weeks later, her son Musab died of his wounds, too. Of the eight people living in the two homes struck, only Rawa, age 2, survived.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Salam al-Odeh Adult male Husband of Harbiya killed
  • Harbiya al-Odeh Adult female Wife of Salam killed
  • Musab Age unknown male Son of Harbiya and Salam. Died later of injuries. killed
  • Bara Age unknown killed
  • Hassan Awdeh Age unknown male killed

Family members (2)

  • Aaz-Adin Muhammad Alwan Adult male killed
  • Wife of Aaz-Adin Muhammad Alwan-khaula Ahmed Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (1) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (1) [ collapse]