Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1046 RS2295

Incident date

June 20, 2017

Location

خشام, Khasham, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.3020098, 40.2914143 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to 16 civilians, including several women and children, were killed and dozens more injured in airstrikes on Khasham village in Deir Ezzor governorate. However, it was not clear who was responsible with allegations lodged against the Coalition, the Russian air force and the Syrian government.

In total, five sources alleged that the Coalition was responsible, four sources said Bashar al Assad’s government was to blame, three said Russia was responsible and six sources did not reach a final conclusion apportioning blame.

A number of reliable sources – including Smart News Agency, Euphrates Post, Radio al Kul and Baladi News – reported that phosphorous munitions were used in the attack, likely to be a contributing factor to the high casualty rates.

Several sources also reported that after the initial strike, the aircraft returned and struck a house where civilians had taken cover during the original attack.

Several victims were identified by name, but many others who were killed remained unidentified, sources reported.

DeirEzzor24 reported that of the wounded, several were critically ill and suffered from amputations, burns and maiming.

Radio al Kul reported similar injuries and said the death toll was likely to rise with 15 of 50 or more injured in a life-threatening condition.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 16
  • (4 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–50
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
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    A reported victim of the contested strike at Khisham, June 20th 2017 (via Deirezzor24)
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    A reported victim of the contested strike at Khisham, June 20th 2017 (via Deirezzor24)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The Coalition has not publicly reported any strikes in Deir Ezzor for June 19th-21st..

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 16
  • (4 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–50
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]