Four to six civilians were killed in alleged airstrikes in the town of Al-Mesrab in the Western suburb of Deir Ezzor, according to local media.
Sources initially reported only the death of Saleh al-Hamad al-Saud. However the number of fatalities later rose to at least four. The event was described by the Euphrates Post as a “massacre by airstrikes”, though it did not say who was responsible.
The HMC report also made note of “two unidentified martyrs”; as with the majority of sources it did not specify who was to blame.
Two sources attributed the attack to the “regime and its allies”.The Syrian Network for Human Rights tweeted, “Syrian Regime forces are committing a massacre against civilians in the village of al-Misrab-Brif #Deir al-Azur”.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Sources (9) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Mesrab (المسرب), for which the coordinates are: 35.5207354, 39.887538.
Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.
The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included 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 14th-15th the Coalition reported “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed six ISIS oil stills.”.