Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1538

Incident date

September 28, 2017

Location

Al Mayadin, 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

At least seven civilians were reported killed and dozens more wounded in air and/or rocket/artillery strikes on Al Mayadin – though the death toll looked likely to rise with multiple reports saying that up to 21 other civilians were still trapped under the rubble.

It is currently unclear who was responsible for this incident, with sources pointing to both the US-led Coalition and to Russia. Moreover, a reference to “rocket fire” by one source means that SDF actions could not be ruled out.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “warplanes that likely belong to the International Coalition carried out several strikes this morning on areas in the town of Al-Mayadin in the eastern suburb of Deir ez Zour, targeting the agricultural area of the city. So far there is no information about civilian casualties.”

The Step News Agency said that the Coalition carried out five strikes, killing a family of four.

According to Deir Free, a family of seven died in a Coalition strike – adding that the death toll was increasing.

Further sources, however, suggested a more significant casualty incident. Euphrates Post reported that “some 21 civilians, most of them women and children, have been trapped in the rubble since 2:30 pm as a result of air strikes targeting the city of Al-Mayadin near the agricultural bank and the general pharmacy in the public street towards the club (Mohammed Al-Shuaibi’s house) of the halal market.”

The source went on to list some of the names of civilians trapped under the rubble as: “Kanaan Shuaibi and his daughters, Luai Shuaibi and his wife, the daughter of Humaid Al Shuaibi, the daughter of Sufian Al Shuaibi, the family of Kanaan Al Shuaibi, the wife of Ammar Yasser Al Shuaibi.” It added that the equipment required to remove these people was unavailable, but that “the family of al Hassan al Shuaibi were all pulled out of the rubble, along with the children of Yasser and Othman Mohammed Al Shuaibi and their grandmother. They are all well and in good health.” DPN also reported that the al Shuaibi family were rescued from under their home after it was destroyed by “rocket fire”.

The Shaam News Network produced a similar report, saying that 21 civilians remained under the rubble after an attack by unidentified “warplanes”.

But Qasioun blamed Russia, saying that “activists reported that more than 30 air strikes carried out by Russian planes on the city and Al-Mayadeen which resulted in dozens of civilians killed and wounded.”

Deir Ezzor 24 said that other locations struck included “the bank and area behind the Shdoukhi building”.

Deir Free Radio later named Amer Mohammed Eid al-Darwish as a victim.

Dania Abdel Razzaq al-Ta’is (displaced from Deir al-Zour) was documented as a victim in a later report by Euphrates Post. The Post also reported the child Dalia Ammar Yasser Shuaib was still missing 48 hours after the search began, saying that her mother and her maternal grandfather in addition to ten others were still searching for her with limited equipment.

In subsequent reports, Euphrates Post confirmed the death of Fatima Abdel Moneim Al Hammadi and her pregnant daughter Dalia; and Mrs. Ola Sufian al-Shuaibi, wife of Hassan Yarub al-Shuaib; along with Jamal Abdul Wahab Ibrahim Hamad Al-Abdullah (Abu Khaled), who reportedly died later from wounds sustained in this incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Fatima Abdel Moneim Al Hammadi Adult female Mother killed
  • Dalia Adult female pregnant Daughter killed
  • Amer Mohammed Eid al-Darwish Adult male killed
  • Dania Abdel Razzaq al-Ta’is Age unknown female killed
  • Ola Sufian al-Shuaibi Age unknown female Wife of Hassan Yarub al-Shuaib killed
  • Jamal Abdul Wahab Ibrahim Hamad Al-Abdullah Age unknown male Abu Khaled killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • 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, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • The child Dalia Ammar Yasser Shuaibi
  • Amer Mohammed Eid al-Darwish
  • Iman Kanaan Shuaibi, reportedly trapped under the rubble
  • Photo showing the aftermath of the strike

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention multiple strikes on the city of Al Mayadin (المیادین), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.016667, 40.444167. One specific location mentioned is the Al Shamla (الشاملة) pharmacy and residential buildings near the Agricultural Bank in the city of Al Mayadin (المیادین). Airwars was unable to locate the pharmacy, however, the coordinates for the Agricultural Bank are: 35.017705, 40.456274.

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 27th-28th, the Coalition reported: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed four ISIS supply routes and an ISIS headquarters”

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (2 children2 women1 man)
  • 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, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (22) [ collapse]