Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1426

Incident date

August 28, 2017

Location

Tarif, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.546614, 39.858012 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One named civilian died and others were wounded in airstrikes on Tarif in the western suburbs of Deir Ezzor, according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether the Coalition, the Assad regime or Russia were to blame.

Step News Agency blamed the Coalition and said that white phosphorous was used. It named one victim, adding that three houses were destroyed in the strike.The victim was also named by @DeirEzzor24 and Hasaka Rasd.

However, The majority of sources (Fresh Syria, Smart News and Micro Syria) pointed towards the regime.

According to Micro Syria, “the aircraft bombed at dawn today the houses of civilians in the town under the control of the Islamic State, killing civilians and wounding others. Sources did not specify the number of deaths, but noted the destruction of three houses completely.”

But Jisrtv and Baladi said that the strikes was likely carried out by Russian warplanes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mohammed Ramadan Habash Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • 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, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of the contested Coalition or Russian airstrike in Deir Ezzor, 28th August 2017. (via @SalamaAlhussein)
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention Tarif (طريف) village. Open source maps give the location for Tarif (طريف) as: 35.531451, 39.903867.

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 Tarif, Syria
    Nearest population center

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 28th-29th: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an explosives facility and a weapons cache.” and “Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS front-end loader.” It additionally reported that “On Aug. 28, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS chemical weapons cache.”

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.(@EtatMajorFR)

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
    1
  • 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, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]