Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1510

Incident date

September 18, 2017

Location

الشعفة, Al Sha'afa, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.57888, 40.93441 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Two to three people were killed and others wounded following airstrikes on Al Sha’afa village, Deir Ezzor governorate, according to local media. It was not wholly clear whether civilians or ISIS members died in the event. Moreover there was some discrepancy regarding the location within the village.

According to Al Araby, the international Coalition targeted a car, resulting in two civilian casualties. Furat Post, cited in All4syria, alleged the car belonged to ISIS, and was struck in a series of raids which targeted ISIS vehicles. The source said “a number or civilians” were “dead and wounded”.

According to Qasioun, “all passengers” of the vehicle died, though the report did not assert whether they were civilians or combatants.

Shaam News suspected all who died were members of ISIS. RFS suspected three civilians were killed and others wounded in Al Sha’afa village. However, it alleged the location of the strike was a house in the centre of town rather than a vehicle.

The Syrian Observatory said “two citizens were killed as a result of targeting by warplanes yesterday after midnight, to areas in Al-Sha’fa village in Deir Ezzor countryside”.

It was not clear from sources which party carried out the raids. Al Araby, Qasioun, Shaam and Baladi blamed the Coalition, whereas All4syria, RFS and SOHR referred to “warplanes” or unknown “aircraft”. The majority of sources located the incident at the vehicle, with only RFS referring to a “civilian house”.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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, Unknown

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Sha’afa (الشعفة), Deir ez-Zor governorate, for which the coordinates are: 34.57888, 40.93441.

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 al Sha’fah, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jun 28, 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 September 17th – 18th the Coalition reported “Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a VBIED and an ISIS headquarters.”

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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, Unknown

Sources (7) [ collapse]