At least one civilian was killed and a number of others were injured following airstrikes on Majawdeh, roughly 85km southeast of Deir Ezzor. However responsibility was contested.
The victim was identified by a number of sources, which also reported that his wife and daughter were injured.
The Syrian Human Rights Committee reported that the wife of Hadlan had also died, but it was the only source out of many to do so.
Two of the ten sources reporting the incident alleged that the Coalition was “likely” responsible whereas one source, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, alleged that the Syrian government was behind the attack and published images of cluster munitions which it claimed were used. The remaining sources said that the warplanes were unidentified or did not make any reference as to who was responsible within their reports.
The victims were named as:
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The village is 85 km southeast of Deir ez-Zor, according to SMART News Agency. It used to be known as “Al-Qataa”. Coordinates: 34.6574984, 40.7948971. However, munition shown in two photos published on social media likely shows AO-2.5RTM / AO-2.5RT cluster munition, suggesting this was an attack by the Syrian Arab Air Force or the Russian Air Force.
Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.
The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Apr 26, 2018
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties
Original strike reports
For June 30th-July 1st, the Coalition reported: ” Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes destroyed six ISIS oil tanks, three well heads and two oil trucks.” It additionally reported that “On June 30, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed four ISIS-held buildings, two command and control nodes and three oil stills.”
For July 1st-2nd: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed 20 ISIS oil storage barrels and six oil tankers.”