Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI513

Incident date

March 6, 2017

Location

محطة القطارٌ, Mosul, Central railway station, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.331389, 43.122138 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Local residents and security sources reported that up to 33 civilians (mostly former Iraqi and police officers) died after Coalition airstrikes targeted the railway station at the right side of Mosul.

The sources reported that the Coalition had ‘mistakenly’ targeted the train station, which killed up to 33 people (25 -33 civilians and eight ISIL members). Most of the victims were former members of the security services, of the Iraqi army and the police. They were detained in the station which ISIL was using as a temporary prison.

Anadolu News cited Major Major Abdullah al-Humam al-Mayahi of the Iraqi Federal Police as saying that “ISIL militants had detained in the early morning hours of Monday, about 41 men who were formerly part of the security service.” The men had been bought to the train station for questioning. According to Major al-Mayahi, a Coalition strike “caused the deaths of about 33 detainees and wounding eight others, as well as killing and injuring several (unspecified) Daesh militants organize Daesh and destroying some of their vehicles.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18 – 33
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–24
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

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 5th-March 6th the Coalition publicly stated: “Near Mosul, six strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed 11 fighting positions, eight mortar systems, seven vehicles, four VBIEDs, three ISIS-held buildings, two medium machine guns, two command and control nodes, two roadblocks, a heavy machine gun, an artillery system, and an ISIS checkpoint; damaged 11 supply routes, eight vehicles, and two fuel tanker trucks; and suppressed 10 mortar teams and three ISIS tactical units.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18 – 33
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–24
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]