Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1533 RS2543

Incident date

September 26, 2017

Location

البلعوم, Al Mayadin, Al Baloum neighbourhood, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Up to five civilians, including one woman and one child, were reported killed following airstrikes on Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor governorate. The Coalition and Russian warplanes were blamed by local media.

According to Al Natek, Russian raids targeted the city resulting in four civilians deaths. Smart also believed the attack was carried out by Russian warplanes, asserting that four died including one woman and one child.

However Step accused the Coalition, alleging that “More than five raids by the international coalition targeted Ina’ash al Reef and the water crossing and near al Rahba castle in the city of al Mayadin”.

Nasser Khalifa Al A’yada, his wife Houria Al Jaber and his nephew Ahmad Abd al-Khalifa Al A’yada were listed as killed by the Euphrates Post. However there was some confusion, as in a subsequent Euphrates Post report no civilians casualties were mentioned. In a third Euphrates Post report, it referred to “military aircraft believed to be members of the International Alliance” as culprits. According to the source “the house of Mr. Ahmad Al Hamad Al-Aboud and Al-Zubari and Al Toub and Sa’alo on the main Deir Ezzor – al Mayadeen road” were targeted.

Deir Ezzor 24 said there were several strikes by “warplanes”: “The first raid targeted the house of Farouk al-Mashouh, known as the former mufti’s house, which was taken by a security guard of IS and called a prison. This led to the martyrdom of a number of prisoners, including the martyr Laith Allawi al-Jabr. The rest of the raids focused on the Al-Rayaheen kindergarten near the Othman bin Affan mosque and near the headquarters of the Hesba of the organization [IS], resulting in many wounded people.” The source put the civilian death toll at five, with dozens more injured.

The shelling reportedly focused on the house of Mr. Khalif Al A`yada an the houses adjacent to it.

In addition to the charred bodies and the fall of many wounded in the neighbourhood, a petrol shop was also bombed in front of Nasser al-Khalif’s home, and a fire broke out as a result of the burning of many cars.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, however, said that “Syrian regime forces killed several civilians from one family on September 26th in Al Mayadin”.

The incident occured at 1:30 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Nasser Khalifa Al A’yada Adult male Husband killed
  • Houria Al Jaber Adult female Wife killed
  • Ahmad Abd al-Khalifa Al A’yada Age unknown male Nephew killed
  • Laith Allawi al-Jabr Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (1 child1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Ahmed Jamal Jamal al-Ja'ayleh
  • Image supposedly showing the impact of the strikes
  • News bulletin in the aftermath. (via Jisr satellite Channel)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Graphic image of a burned body in the aftermath. (via Almayadin today)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al Baloum (البلعوم) neighbourhood/roundabout in the city of Al Mayadin (المیادین). Sources also mention multiple additional strikes in different areas of the city: Ina’ash Al Reef, the water crossing, Al Rahba castle and a possible second airstrike on Al Baloum that didn’t result in any civilian casualties. The coordinates for the Al Baloum (البلعوم) roundabout are: 35.030682, 40.429162.

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 Mayadin, 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 25th – 26th the Coalition reported “Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS staging area.” It additionally reported that “On Sept. 25, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle, a fighting position, a heavy machine gun, and an IED.”

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (1 child1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]