Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1211 RS2342

Incident date

July 16, 2017

Location

ميادين, Al Mayadin, multiple locations, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.021019, 40.455838 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between 11 and 14 civilians – including several women and children – were killed and dozens others were wounded in airstrikes on Al Mayadin. However it was contested as to who was responsible. Sources either blamed Russia, the Syrian regime or the US-led Coalition. More than five sources made no claims with regards to responsibility. However, some also reported “unknown warplanes”.

Ahmad Shibli, blaming the Coalition, published a series of graphic images showing casualties from the strikes.

A number of local sources said the airstrikes struck the Tkeit Al Rawi Street, the children’s hospital, the Quail market, the Al Rawi hospice, the Al Samn Market and the Al Sharq hospital (though some of those locations may be overlapping) and Euphrates Post shared images which documented the extensive damage.

Sources reported that the Al Shaher family were trapped under the rubble. Additionally, many other sources reported that there were many wounded civilians, most critical, because the airstrikes “targeted” residential buildings.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    11 – 14
  • (1–3 children1–2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Unknown

Sources (49) [ collapse]

Media
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  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • The exacr moment the airstrike hit Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Free Deir Ezzor Facebook)
  • The exacr moment the airstrike hit Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Free Deir Ezzor Facebook)
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    An injured civilian following an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
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    An injured civilian following an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
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    An injured civilian following an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
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    An injured civilian following an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
  • A civilian casualty is pulled from the rubble following an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
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    A civilian killed by an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
  • Samer Fawzi al-Humaidi, one of the survivors from the airstrikes was seriously injured and was found near the Al Jeash Street "Al Samna Market". (via Al Mayadeen Today)
  • Haj Mahidi al-Musnad Abu Jaber, killed in an airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via AhrarDeirezzor)
  • Either Mahidi Al-Musnad Abu Jaber and Hussein Al-Musnad Abu Saleh, who were both killed in an airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Abo Sa’ed Al Husainy)
  • Either Mahidi Al-Musnad Abu Jaber and Hussein Al-Musnad Abu Saleh, who were both killed in an airstrike on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, July 16th 2017. (via Abo Sa’ed Al Husainy)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Al Mayadin, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 28, 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

US-led Coalition

For July 16th-17th: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed three weapons caches, two staging areas, and a well-head.”

France
  • English
    /
    Original

For July 12th-18th, France report 11 strikes: 7 in Syria (6 in Raqqa) and 4 in Iraq. There were 26 artillery strikes in Mosul. Since September 19th 2014 France has carried out 1322 strikes, with 2090 targets destroyed and 6812 air sorties. Additionally, they’ve carried out 1310 artillery missions.

‘OPÉRATION CHAMMAL SITUATION En Syrie, Dans la ville de Raqqah désormais encerclée, Daech défend fermement les quartiers sous son contrôle en s’appuyant sur un usage intensif de pièges dont le terrain est littéralement saturé pour ralentir la progression des forces démocratiques syriennes (FDS). Cette stratégie impose aux FDS de déminer, pas à pas, chaque rue et chaque maison, sous la menace permanente de tireurs isolés entre autres tactiques adverses. Leur progression reste donc très lente. En Irak, Alors que les opérations de sécurisation de Mossoul se poursuivent, la principale zone de combat se situe désormais à l’Ouest de la ville dans le secteur de Tall Afar. Depuis cette localité, Daech mène des actions de harcèlement par des tirs directs et indirects contre les positions des Forces de Sécurité Irakiennes (FSI) à proximité. L’effort aérien de la coalition s’y porte donc tout en s’accompagnant d’un engagement plus large sur l’ensemble des autres territoires encore sous le contrôle de l’organisation terroriste. Daech poursuit notamment ses actions de harcèlement depuis la poche de Hawijah et dans l’Anbar, région dans laquelle elle dispose de nombreux camps et caches d’armes. ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE Cette semaine, les aéronefs ont réalisé 37 sorties aériennes dont 31 de reconnaissance armée et d’appui au sol (CAS), ainsi que 04 missions de recueil de renseignement et 02 de ravitaillement en vol après le déploiement récent d’un C135. La moitié des frappes françaises (6 sur les 11 frappes) a été réalisée dans le cadre de la bataille de Raqqah, les missions de reconnaissance française ou alliée permettant d’en réaliser autant sur le reste du théâtre afin de préparer les manœuvres futures ou de peser sur les réseaux terroristes. La Task Force (TF) Wagram a mené de son côté 26 missions de tir dont 17 de harcèlement et 09 d’éclairement. Le bilan global de CHAMMAL depuis le 19 septembre 2014 s’élève 1322 frappes, 2090 objectifs détruits et 6812 sorties aériennes réalisées. 1310 missions d’artillerie complètent cet engagement cinétique de la France au Levant.’

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    11 – 14
  • (1–3 children1–2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Unknown

Sources (49) [ collapse]