Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS132

Incident date

October 4, 2015

Location

الحويج, Al Huwaij , Al Hassakah, Kirkuk, Syria

Airwars assessment

The Syrian News Network reported Coalition strikes on the village of Huwaij to the west of Al Hassakah. Step News also reported that “Coalition aircraft targets ISIS-run center in the village of Al-Huwaij and for information on the size of the losses yet.”

It was claimed in an associated SNN website comment by Suleyman Suleyman that “Coalition planes launched raids on al Huwaij village in western Hassaka? Why don’t you mention that seven civilians were martyred in the village, five children, their mother and a woman visiting them. Or is that not allowed because the planes were American and Gulf ones?”

No additional details are presently known regarding this claim.

In its January 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed this event to be non credible, saying there was insufficient information to make a determination.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (5 children2 women)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • 'Air International Coalition bombarded the village of Al-Huij Preve in the western province'

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 information on the time and location
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jan 3, 2020
  • October 4, 2015, in Al Huwaij, Syria, via Airwars report. The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action. 2850/CS132 No MGRS Given

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For October 3rd-4th 2015 the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL structures, two ISIL fighting positions, and an ISIL motorcycle.”

For October 4th-5th, the Coalition reported: "Near Al Hasakah, six strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL vehicles."

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (5 children2 women)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (4) [ collapse]