Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1481

Incident date

September 14, 2017

Location

ميادين, Al Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

A civilian casualty incident took place in Mayadin city, described by local sources as the “most important stronghold for Daesh in the region”. Reports were divided on who was responsible, the majority attributed the attack to Russian forces.

An initial report from Sharqiya Voice said a Russian warplane attacked the city, “shelling…civilian houses on the waterfront”, and killing five people and injuring more than 14. Reportedly, the Russian warplane earlier targeted the village of Bokros Tahtani which also resulted in civilian casualties. Other reports blamed a Russian missile launch.

Al Mayadeen Gathering in Exile documented 10 killed and 90 wounded following the strikes. The Russians supposedly fired seven cruise missiles in the raid and targeted “the post office and the convalescence center, Court Street and al Balou’m roundabout” according to the source. A later report from Euphrates Post noted the “National Hospital”, and the “Internet Lounge close to Fisherman’s Wharf” were targeted. It too blamed Russia.

A brother and sister were documented as two of the victims by Euphrates Post. Abou Ali wrote on Facebook that his uncle  was also killed in the attack. News of his death came after reports of “a large number of families…still under the rubble”, by @olay6663. Shbab then listed an additional four men suspected killed:

According to Smart, “The Russian Defense Ministry announced Thursday that it was targeting south-east of the eastern city of Deir al-Zour with Caliber missiles from its submarines in the Mediterranean Sea – without specifying the locations”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights initially reported “whether they belong to Russia or the the regime in still unknown” regarding the identity of aircraft. However a subsequent report said some sources alleged Russian responsibity whilst others blamed the Coalition. A third report on the incident by the Observatory alleged Russia conducted the strikes on Mayadeen.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the regime.

Later reports by Euphrates Post documented the death of another civilian, reportedly killed after injuries sustained as a result of the airstrikes on Al Mayadeen. Khader Sa’id al-Nizhan was also documented killed in Bokros, however further correspondence with Euphrates Post confirmed the location as Al Mayadin.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Nermin Ahmed Al-Jaber Child female killed
  • Bashar Ahmad al-Jaber Child male killed
  • Mawafaq Saleh Al Ali Al Hanan Adult male killed
  • Hamed Al – Saleh Al Hamad Abu Bassam Adult male killed
  • Saleh Khalif Al Arouk Abu Bandar Adult male killed
  • Yasser Nizar Al Aswad Adult male killed
  • Al-Haji Salah Ibrahim Al-Alash Adult male killed
  • Khader Sa’id al-Nizhan Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    8–10
  • (2 children6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–90
  • Airwars grading
    Discounted
    Those killed were combatants, or other parties most likely responsible.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • 'The girl Neirmin Ahmad al Jaber, killed with her brother Bashar in Syrian regime warplanes missiles fired on al Mayadeen city in Deir Ez-Zour governorate eastern suburbs, causing a massacre, September 14, 2017' (via SN4HR)
  • Burnt out vehicles and destroyed buildings on the street in Al Mayadin, the aftermath of alleged airstrikes, September 14th (via Sound and Picture)
  • Two motorbikes damaged by alleged airstrikes on the streets of Al Mayadin, September 14th (via Euphrates Post)
  • A man works through the rubble in Al Mayadin following alleged airstrikes, September 14th (via Euphrates Post)
  • Bashar Ahmad al-Jaber and Nermin Ahmed al-Jaber, two children both killed in alleged airstrikes on Al Mayadin, September 14th (via Euphrates Post)
  • One of the suspected raids targeting Al-Barid Street in Al Mayadin, September 14th (via Isis.livemap)
  • Al-Haji Salah Ibrahim Al-Alash was announced killed by his nephew Abou Ali. Allegedly killed in airstrikes on Al Mayadin, September 14th (via Abou Ali)
  • "Khader al-Nizhan" Abu Amma - died from injuries sustained in alleged airstrikes on al Mayadin, September 14th (via Euphrates Post)

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 13th-14th, the Coalition reported: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, nine strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two tactical vehicles, an ISIS fuel station and a fighting position.”

For September 14th - 15th, the Coalition reported: "Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two vehicles". It later reported, "On Sept. 14, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria six strikes destroyed an ISIS UAS, a fighting position, an ISIS supply route and suppressed three fighting positions"

United Kingdom
  • English
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    Original

‘Friday 15 September – a Reaper supported coalition airstrikes near Dayr az Zawr, and delivered two attacks itself against extremists in the open, whilst Typhoons destroyed a Daesh-held building… On Friday 15 September, a Reaper was again very active north-east of Dayr az Zawr; it provided support to coalition airstrikes which destroyed three Daesh-held buildings, then conducted two attacks on its own account with Hellfire missiles against terrorists moving through the area. Nearby, a Typhoon flight bombed a further Daesh-held building.’

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    8–10
  • (2 children6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–90
  • Airwars grading
    Discounted
    Those killed were combatants, or other parties most likely responsible.
  • Suspected belligerents
    US-led Coalition, Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (37) [ collapse]