Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI380

Incident date

December 29, 2016

Location

مستشفى ابن الاثير, Mosul, Ibn Al Athir Hospital, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.374064, 43.150146 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

According to several sources, at least 16 civilians killed following the alleged Coalition airstrike targeted the children’s hospital in Mosul. CENTCOM confirmed the incident the same day and announced an investigation.

A number of ISIL fighters were reported killed along with between five and 16 civilians when the Coalition targeted a vehicle at Ibn al-Athir hospital. An ISIL propaganda video showed significant damage to the hospital. One of the victims has since been named as a medic.

In a statement issued that day, CENTCOM noted: During operations to liberate Mosul on Dec. 29, a Coalition airstrike struck a van carrying ISIL fighters observed firing an SPG9/RPG recoilless rifle before loading the weapon in the van and driving off. The van was struck in what was later determined to be a hospital compound parking lot resulting in possible civilian casualties.

In its February 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition noted two events for December 29th – one of which had been dismissed, the other still under investigation. A senior official later confirmed to Airwars that this event remained under assessment.

A UN report on the protection of civilians in the context of Nineveh operations and the retaking of Mosul stated: On 29 December 2016, an airstrike hit the parking area of the Ibn al-Atheer hospital in the Majmoua al- Thaqafiya neighbourhood of northeastern Mosul, reportedly killing seven civilians and wounding 14 others. The airstrike allegedly targeted a vehicle transporting ISIL militants. Reports were received that when ISIL took over al-Salam hospital of southeastern Mosul on 5 December, it evacuated the civilian patients from Ibn al-Atheer hospital and reserved the hospital only for the treatment of its militants. ISIL reportedly posted a video showing the effects of the airstrike online. UNAMI/OHCHR could not verify the authenticity of the video.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 16
  • (1–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–14
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • A picture of Anwar Mohammed Daoud, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on Mosul, Dec 29th (via Haithem Yousif)
  • An image shows a destroyed armed vehicle following an alleged coalition strike on the hospital in Mosul (via Iraqyoon)
  • A photo shows the destruction inside the hospital after an alleged Coalition strike on Ibn Al-Atheer Hospital in Nineveh (via Iraqi Spring Media Center)
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    A picture shows an injured following the alleged airstrike on Ibn Al-Atheer Hospital in Nineveh (via Iraqi Spring Media Center)
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    A picture shows dead bodies on the floor following the alleged airstrike on Ibn Al-Atheer Hospital in Nineveh (via Iraqi Spring Media Center)

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
    Insufficient information on the time and location
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Mosul, Iraq
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Aug 4, 2017
  • The report contained insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For December 29th-30th the Coalition publicly stated: “Near Mosul four strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit; destroyed 11 ISIL-held buildings, five supply caches, three tactical vehicles, two mortar systems, two fighting positions, two VBIEDs, a tunnel, an observation post, a research lab, a command and control node, an up-armored VBIED, two barges, and two artillery pieces; suppressed five mortar teams; and damaged 20 supply routes and two repeater towers.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 16
  • (1–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–14
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]