Up to nine civilians from two families were killed in an alleged Coalition dawn strike at the small village of al Bootha – near to the Tishreen oilfield, and close to the scene of fierce clashes between Kurdish ground forces and Daesh.
The Union of Hassakah Youth initially attributed the attack to the Forces for a Democratic Syria – the Kurdish YPG. However it later noted: “It has now become clear that it was carried out by coalition planes. But we join our voices to the voices of all the activists in Hassakah in holding responsible, legally and morally, the Forces for a Democratic Syria which is providing the coalition with targets to bomb. The coalition is also responsible for committing this crime.“
Local activist Siraj al Hasskawi said the dead came from two families, which had both fled the violence in nearby Hassakah city.
In their January 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (4)
- Saleh Malash al Serhan 46 years old male killed
- Wassima Mohamad Al Abeda 40 years old female Saleh's wife killed
- Shoujaa’ Saleh Malash Al Serhan 20 years old male Saleh and Wassima's son killed
- Layth Saleh Malash Al Serhan Adult male Saleh and Wassima's second son killed
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jan 3, 2020
November 10, 2015, in Bootha, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 2879/CS143 37SFA899108
Original strike reports
For November 9th-10th 2015. the Coalition reported that “Near Al Hasakah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED).“