Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1228

Incident date

July 18, 2017

Location

صبيخان, Sabikan, car, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.85305, 40.59987 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A father and his young son were killed and a number of other civilians wounded after an airstrike hit the man’s pick-up truck in Sabikhan in Deir Ezzor, local sources reported. However it was contested who was responsible.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights and Al Hasaka Rasd also reported that the man’s childwas killed in the strike.

Ahmad al Shabli reported that the car was struck at 2pm and several sources shared images of the blasted pick-up truck.

Five sources – Al Hasaka Rasd, Euphrates Post, Ahmad al Shabli, Sharqiya Voice and @7News_Kuw – alleged that the Coalition was responsible meanwhile the Syrian Network for Human Rights alleged that the Syrian government was responsible.

Four sources did not make any allegations with regard to responsibility.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Bassam Hassan al Ja’ifis Adult male he was reportedly the owner of the Al Bassem al Hawalat Bureau of Exchange killed
  • Hussein Child male child of Bassam Hassan al Ja’ifis killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (0–1 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Bassam al-Muhammad, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Sabikhan, July 18th 2017. (via SN4HR)
  • The aftermath of the alleged Coalition raid on Sabikhan, 18th July 2017. (via Sharqiya voice)
  • The aftermath of the alleged Coalition raid on Sabikhan, 18th July 2017. (via Sharqiya voice)
  • Bassam al-Muhammad, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Sabikhan, July 18th 2017. (via Ahmad Shibli)
  • The aftermath of the alleged Coalition raid on Sabikhan, 18th July 2017. (via Euphrates Post)

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 Subaikhan, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFU462579
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Aug 30, 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 July 18th-19th: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed six ISIS oil stills.“

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.’

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (0–1 children2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (13) [ collapse]