One civilian girl was reported killed after air strikes during the night, near Ali Bin Abi Taleb mosque in Deir Ezzor. At present there is a single allegation in a Smart report against the US-led Coalition, though this is contested in a Facebook post by Free Deir Ezzor which attributed the strikes to “Russian criminal planes using cluster bombs.” All other sources obtained have reported on the attack without identifying a perpetrator.
According to multiple sources the civilian killed was the daughter of Amer Hamoud al-Humaidan. It was said that she died after sustaining injuries from the strikes. Multiple other civilians are alleged injured. In the report by Smart, activists have said that ‘the shelling targeted civilian houses’ which resulted in casualties, they went on to say that ‘the strikes are thought to be by the International Coalition’.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Bushra Amer al-Humaidan Child female daughter of Amer Hamoud al-Humaidan killed
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Reports of the incident mention Al Bakra (دوار البكرة) roundabout near Ali Bin Taleb mosque (جامع علي بن أبي طالب) in the town of Al-Mayadeen (الميادين), Deir Ezzor governorate. Airwars was able to geolocate the image published by the Euphrates Post to this exact location: 35.016667, 40.444167.
Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jun 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
For August 6th-7th the Coalition reported: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed three ISIS oil stills.”