Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1517

Incident date

September 22, 2017

Location

near As Safiyah, Syria, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.4935, 40.63388 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Within 100m (via Coalition) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Within 100m (via Coalition)

Airwars assessment

In an incident not previously tracked by Airwars, the Coalition later confirmed the death of one civilian and the injury of another in an event near As Safiyah, Syria.

Their February 2018 civilian casualty report noted, “The Coalition conducted a strike which destroyed a bridge across a canal being used by Daesh to move vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices to attack Coalition and partner forces. One civilian was unintentionally killed and one civilian was unintentionally injured when they crossed into the impact area moments before impact.”

The Coalition provided Airwars with the location of this incident, accurate to within a 100 metre box.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (1) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Credible / Substantiated
    The investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the law of armed conflict, unintended civilian casualties regrettably occurred.
  • Initial Airwars grading
    Confirmed
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    1
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    1
  • Stated location
    near As Safiyah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFV482290
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Feb 22, 2018
  • Sept. 22, 2017 near As Safiyah, Syria via self-report. The Coalition conducted a strike which destroyed a bridge across a canal being used by Daesh to move vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices to attack Coalition and partner forces. One civilian was unintentionally killed and one civilian was unintentionally injured when they crossed into the impact area moments before impact.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

• Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS supply route.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (1) [ collapse]