Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1330

Incident date

August 4, 2017

Location

منطقة المنجم, Al Munjem area, Al Tabani, Deir ez-Zor, Iraq

Geolocation

35.605833, 39.818611 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Multiple local sources reported that a minimum of four people were killed in an air raid in al Tabani. One report from Smart totalled the number of victims at seven. The majority of sources asserted that the strikes were carried out by Russian forces, or as reported by Step news agency, ‘#russian-owned’ aircraft.

According to an article on Syrianpc News the airstrike targeted “a car carrying four civilians” resulting in ‘killing them and injuring others’. The civilians travelling in the vehicle in Al-Manjam near al Tabani, were described by a number of sources as ‘displaced people’ and in a Qasioun news report as ‘mostly women and children’.

Statements from activists in a Smart news report allege ‘seven civilians, including children, were killed by a military aircraft raid, targeting a car in the town’, though they did not specify the actors in this attack.

The incident was first reported on August 4, 2017 at 12:40 am by @NewsJorf.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Unknown

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the attack on a car near Al-Munjem area (منطقة المنجم), or ‘the mining area’, in the town of Al Talbani (التبني), western Deir Ezzor governorate. Research confirmed that there is a salt mine in Al Tabani, however we were unable to locate it. Another source mentions the car was travelling between the towns of Al Tabani and Maadan. The coordinates for the town of Al Talbani (التبني) are: 35.605833, 39.818611

  • The village of Al Talbani (التبني)

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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
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near al Tabani, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SEV740411
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • May 31, 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 August 4th-5th: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed four ISIS oil stills.”

Media
from belligerent (1) [ collapse]

  • For August 3rd-9th, France report 1 strike in Iraq and 1 in Syria, along with 9 artillery strikes in Mosul. (via EtatMajorFR)

Unknown Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Unknown

Sources (10) [ collapse]