Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1379 RS2390

Incident date

August 16, 2017

Location

زباري, Al Zabari, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.1292971, 40.3955095 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One civilian male was killed in an airstrike on Al-Zabari, according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether the Coalition, the Syrian regime or Russia was to blame for the raids.

There were no reports of wounded civilians.

Sharqya Voice, Saud Sbekhan and Alarby blamed the Coalition.

But according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the victim died in a regime strike.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that it was unclear whether the raid had been carried out by a Russian warplane.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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, Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Thiyab Fahad al-Dahim (Talaa), killed in an airstrike on al-Zubari, Aug 16th. Reports were conflicted as to whether the Coalition, the regime or Russia caused his death. (via Euphrates Post)
  • Thiyab Fahad al-Dahim (Talaa), killed in an airstrike on al-Zubari, Aug 16th. Reports were conflicted as to whether the Coalition, the regime or Russia caused his death. (via Saud sbekhan)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention Al Zabari (زباري) village, for which the coordinates are: 35.1292971, 40.3955095; and Baqras village (just south of Zabari), for which the coordinates are: 35.0573579, 40.4155234.

CJTF–OIR Declassified Assessment and Press Release

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.

Declassified Assessment Press Release

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

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 15th – 16th the Coalition reported “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS well-head.”

French Military
  • English
    /
    Original

For Aug 16-22, France report 5 strikes in Iraq and 2 in Syria. Task Force Wagram conducted 60 artillery missions.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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, Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (12) [ collapse]