Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS118

Incident date

August 29, 2015

Location

منبج, Manbij, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.52691, 37.95561 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Within 100m (via Coalition) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Within 100m (via Coalition)

Airwars assessment

A 45-year old non-combatant male named as Haji Al Jaabri was reported killed in a Coalition strike at Manbij.

According to Manbij News, Hajji al Jaabri had been forcefully conscripted by Daesh to dig tunnels in the north of the town, which had then been bombed “by Coalition drones.”

The Syrian Network later issued an overhead image of the bombing site, noting that “International coalition warplanes shelled a farm in a region called “Hajj Jalaa Shankan” in the western side of the city next to a trench that was being dug by ISIL. The shelling killed an individual, Hajji Al Ja’abari, a bulldozer driver, who was hired by ISIL to dig the trench.”

On July 7th, 2017 the Coalition admitted responsibility for the incident, reporting: “Aug. 29, 2015, near Manbij, Syria, via Airwars report: During a strike on ISIS equipment, it was assessed that one civilian was unintentionally killed and three were injured after, unbeknownst to the Coalition, the civilians were forced to do manual labor for ISIS against their will.”

In July 2019, the Coalition provided Airwars with the location of this incident, accurate to within a 100 metre box.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Haji Al Jaabri Adult male SN4HR in its February 13th 2016 report says he was a bulldozer driver, who was hired by ISIL to dig a trench killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Hajj Jalaa Shankan farm near Manbij - site of alleged Coalition strike on August 29 2015 (via SN4HR)

Geolocation notes

Prior to the Coalition releasing the MGRS for this incident, Airwars had geolocated it to the nearest town at 36.5269242, 37.9559288

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Credible / Substantiated
    The investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the law of armed conflict, unintended civilian casualties regrettably occurred.
  • Given reason for civilian harm
    Killed by strike blast
    Airwars’ assessment of belligerent’s civilian casualty statement
  • Initial Airwars grading
    Confirmed
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    1
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    3
  • Stated location
    near Manbij, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDA065429
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 7, 2017
  • Aug. 29, 2015, near Manbij, Syria, via Airwars report: During a strike on ISIS equipment, it was assessed that one civilian was unintentionally killed and three were injured after, unbeknownst to the Coalition, the civilians were forced to do manual labor for ISIS against their will.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

No Coalition strike appeared to directly match the location. The closest, for August 29th-30th 2015, noted that “Near Kobani, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and three ISIL excavators and destroyed five ISIL motorcycles, three ISIL structures, two ISIL guard shacks, two ISIL excavators and an ISIL vehicle.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (8) [ collapse]