Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1462

Incident date

September 9, 2017

Location

Abu Kamal, Political Security building, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.461532, 40.915178 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

A major civilian casualty incident, in which 20-24 civilians died, took place in the center of Abu Kamal city, Deir Ezzor Governorate, according to multiple local sources.

Shaam News claimed “dozens” of civilians were killed or wounded. There was some contention regarding the number of civilians killed, as the raid allegedly targeted a prison of the so-called Islamic State organization, where combatants were also present. The exact number of prisoners killed and wounded was unclear from the sources. However Sdusyria asserted that “all prisoners were martyrs” and Micro News suspected all to be civilians, while attributing the attack to the US-led Coalition.

Baladi News said that a house had been turned into a prison by ISIS, and that the prisoners killed were eight from Deir Ezzor and nine from Iraq.

The Syrian Observatory described the place as the headquarters for “Islamic State” in the city of Abu Kamal, saying that the number of Iraqi detainees killed had risen to ten – whilst others were seriously wounded.

A later report by Euphrates Post listed the detainees killed in the airstrikes.

Two people from Al Mayadeen and 9 Iraqi martyrs whose identity has not been identified.

Albukamalnews documented the death of one man (Saleh al-Sayer al-Marsoumi), from the village of al-Bagouz, they mentioned that “Dahesh requested 50 million to get him out of prison, but the prisoner did not have this amount”

A subsequent report by Euphrates Post listed three additional civilians.

In a later report by Aletihad press, the death toll was put at 20 “including foreign prisoners”, the report said “the organization transferred them to the national hospital in the city and imposed a cordon on the area”. Aletihad along with the majority of sources blamed the US-led Coalition.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Athal Hawash Al-Ramdan Al-Dahouk Adult male killed
  • Mohamed Tarki Al-Ramdan Al-Dahouk Adult male killed
  • Awad Al Ashari Adult killed
  • Nahad Al-Allawi Al-Falietah Adult killed
  • Fayadh Mohammed Al-Munajid Adult killed
  • Mohamed Zidan Al Hader Adult male killed
  • Mohammed Khalif Al-Ramdan Al-Dahouk Adult male injured in the fields hospital. killed
  • Saleh al-Sayer al-Marsoumi Adult killed
  • Al Mokhtar Ahmed Mahjoub Al Madid Adult killed
  • Salah Gharbi Al Ramadan al Dahouk Adult killed
  • Mohammad Khalif al Ramadan al Dahouk Adult male killed
  • Nader Rashid al-Hamdan Adult male From Sukariya killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 24
  • (6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Nader Rashid al-Hamdan from the village of Sukariya in rural Bu Kamal, one of the victims of the massacre of the Albuqamal prison a few days ago, Abu Kamal, September 9th (via Euphrates Post)
  • Saleh al-Sayer al-Marsoumi allegedly killed in so-called Islamic State prison, originally he was from the village village of al-Bagouz. According to the source the organization requested '50 million' to get him out of prison however he did not have this amount of money. Abu Kamal, September 9th (via Abu Kamal News)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a building used as a prison in the city of Abu Kamal, near the former ​political security branch​ (الأمن السیاسي), for which the coordinates are: 34.461532,40.915178

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For September 8th - 9th, the Coalition reported no strikes in the vicnity of Dayr Az Zawr.

For September 9th-10th the Coalition reported: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions and a vehicle.”

United Kingdom
  • English
    /
    Original

‘Saturday 9 September – a Reaper destroyed a motorcycle and trailer carrying three terrorists north-east of Dayr az Zawr… The following day [Sept 9th], another Reaper flew a further patrol in the same area of Syria, and tracked a group of three terrorists on a motorcycle and trailer. The Reaper’s crew waited patiently until the targets were in open countryside before firing a Hellfire which scored a direct hit.’

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 24
  • (6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (37) [ collapse]