Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1408

Incident date

August 23, 2017

Location

ميادين, Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.016667, 40.444167 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Six members of the Lafi family were among up to 11 civilians reported killed in air raids on the city of Mayadin, according to local media – though reports were conflicted as to whether the Coalition, the Assad regime or even Russia were responsible.

Although Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that four civilians from one family were killed, five civilians from the same family were identified. Other sources such as Jisir TV and Shaam News claimed six civilians from the same family were killed.

A Facebook post by Step News Agency holds the US-led Coalition responsible for the attack, however, multiple other sources did not identify the culprit.

Activists for Smart News described an “unidentified aircraft” that targeted a neighbourhood of Mayadeen under the control of the so-called Islamic State Organisation. The Smart report also noted that details of the incident were limited, due to the security measures on the internet, imposed by the so-called Islamic State Organisation.

According to Shaam News Network, “several civilians houses” were targeted, and local sources said that civilians were wounded but did not give a figure on how many. Some of the wounded were trapped under rubble, according to local reports.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the regime for the deaths of members of the Al-Lafi family.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, however, it was unclear whether the warplanes responsible for the strike belonged to the Coalition or Russia.

@MOAZALSHAMY and @1thayir put the death toll as high as 11 and blamed “intensive military raids”.

In April 2019 the Coalition announced that it had classed this allegation of civilian harm as non-credible, noting: “After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

  • Noor Ragheb Awwad Al-Lafi Age unknown killed
  • Minar Ragheb Awad Al-Lafi Age unknown killed
  • Ahmed Ragheb Awwad Al-Lafi Age unknown killed
  • Amer Ragheb Al-Lafi’s wife Donia Ali Al-Atish Adult female killed
  • Son of Amer Ragheb Al-Lafi Child male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 11
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Ahmed Ragheb Awwad Lafi, killed along with members of his family in an airstrike on Mayadin. August 23rd 2017. (via Euphrates Post)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention residential buildings being struck in the city of Al Maydeen (الميادين), for which the coordinates are: 35.016667, 40.444167. Sources mention the incident happened in the vicinity of Al Tawba mosque (التوبة), of which the exact location is unknown, others mention the Al Jisir (bridge) area, for which the coordinates are: 35.020000, 40.468611.

  • Sources mention the incident happened in the vicinity of Al Tawba mosque (التوبة), of which the exact location is unknown, others mention the Al Jisir (bridge) area

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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
    Other
  • Stated location
    near Al Mayadin, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFU317758
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Apr 25, 2019
  • Aug. 23, 2017, near Al Mayadin, Syria via Airwars report. After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For August 23rd – 24th: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes destroyed three ISIS headquarters and an ISIS-held building.”

Media
from belligerent (1) [ collapse]

  • For Aug 23rd-29th, France report 8 strikes in Iraq and 11 strikes in Syria, plus 46 artillery missions in Tal Afar, Iraq.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 11
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (27) [ collapse]