Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI554

Incident date

March 18, 2017

Location

السرجخانة, Mosul, Third street behind Fathi al Ali mosque., Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.328265, 43.093492 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

At least thirteen civilians were reported killed and 17 injured in air and artillery strikes on a number of West Mosul neighbourhoods.

Iraqi Spring Media Centre said reported the “Killing of 13 civilians, mostly women and children, and 17 wounded as a result of air and artillery bombardments of several districts of the right side of Mosul on Saturday.”

In what may have been a related event, Yaqein said that 29 civilians died at Jawasaq when it was bombarded by Iraqi forces.

Al Jazeera reported that “15 people from the same family were killed when a rocket hit their house in Serjkhana area, which is located in the old centre of Mosul, the western side of Mosul, on Saturday afternoon. The sources added that the rocket led to the destruction of the entire house and killing everyone who was in it, mostly women and children, as well as events of major damage to the neighbouring houses in which many families were located.” This may also be a separate incident.

The New Mosul People Facebook page received an appeal from local residents (see below), saying: “Families were bombed by a plane an hour ago and about 50 persons were killed. My family and kids shouting under the rubble, in the third street behind Fathi Al Ali mosque [in Aserjkhanh neigbourhood], a neighbour of barber Mahmood Abu Arkan, we ask to save them from under the rubble, Mohammed Ganim Aub Al Muhazam and Jassim Ameen Aub Al Mahzam families.” It did not say who carried out the raids.

The incident occured at approximately 3:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 50
  • Civilians reported injured
    17–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Appeal by local residents in the old part of Mosul, asking to save the families Mohammed Ganim Aub Al Muhazam and Jassim Ameen Aub Al Mahzam from the rubble and reporting about 50 people killed (via New Mosul Facebook)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the third street behind Fathi Al Ali mosque (جامع فتحي العلي), in Aserjkhanh neighbourhood. The coordinates for the mosque are: 36.328265, 43.093492. The strike likely within a 500 meters radius from the mosque. Visible damage to residential houses, three streets away from the mosque to the North and South is visible in satellite imagery: 36.327386, 43.094257; 36.329476, 43.093497; 36.329812, 43.094071. Airwars was able to access satellite images taken on March 8 and March 25, bridging a 17-day window. For this reason, we are unable to determine which these three locations, if any of them, is where the March 18 report incident occurred.

  • Date taken:
    December 29, 2004

    Imagery:
    © 2018 Google

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 evidence of civilian harm
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Mosul, Iraq
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    38SLF322235
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jun 28, 2018
  • After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For March 17th-18th the Coalition reported: “Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 56 ISIS vehicles, 25 fighting positions, five rocket-propelled grenade systems, two medium machine guns, two mortar systems, and an ISIS VBIED; and suppressed 20 ISIS mortar teams and four ISIS tactical units.”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 50
  • Civilians reported injured
    17–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]