Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1555 RS2574

Incident date

September 30, 2017

Location

بقرص فوقاني, Bokros Foqani, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.090833, 40.398056 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

As many as 12 civilians were killed, including at least three children and two women, in airstrikes on Bokro Foqani, situated in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. Sources were contested with blame attributed to Russia, the Syrian regime and the US-led Coalition. Most reports were unable to identify the culprit.

The news agency Baladi believed the “warplanes” to be US-led Coalition. According to Baladi mosques in the area “launched a distress call” for blood donations due to large numbers wounded and the area suffering for lack of medical resources.

Syrianpc suspected “dozens” wounded and provided an initial list of victims.

The airstrikes reportedly targeted civilian homes. Euphrates Post published a series of photographs of the material damage. The Post did not apportion blame.

Assad’s regime was attributed blame by Horrya, with the source reporting that three raids took place on the village.

Step News Agency blamed Moscow and said the strikes occurred whilst people of the town fled towards “the Badia and Euphrates River”.

Syriandays documented a lower death count at seven. It attributed blame to “the aggression of the “coalition””.

In contrast to this the Syrian Network for Human Rights held the regime responsible, it gave a lower figure of “at least 3” and did not name victims.

Smart referred to “unknown fighters” as culprit whilst Smart blamed Russia, as did Jisirtv.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Awad Al-Ahmad Al-Jedaie “Gaddafi” Adult male killed
  • Ibrahim Al-Ahmad Al-Jedaie Adult male killed
  • Rokaya Jalal Al-Olayan Adult female wife of Khalil Ibrahim Al-Ahmad Al-Jedaie killed
  • Maha Mohammed Al-Khalif Al-Jaileh Adult female wife of Mahmoud Hawala killed
  • Daughter of Maha al-Mohammad al-Khlaif al-Jeileh Child female killed
  • Son of Rokaia al-Elian 1 Child male killed
  • Son of Rokaia al-Elian 2 Child male killed
  • Yusuf Mahmoud al-Hawala Age unknown male Possibly the same as Saad Al-Yousef Al-Ahmad Al-Jedaie killed
  • Saad Al-Yousef Al-Ahmad Al-Jedaie Adult male killed
  • Omar Khaled Al Khalaf Al Hammadi Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 12
  • (3 children3 women4 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (33) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Awwad Al-Ahmad Al-Jedaie and Ibrahim Al-Ahmad Al-Jedaie victims of alleged airstrikes on the town on Bokro Foqani, Sept 30th (via Euphrates Post)
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes that allegedly hit Baqrs Foqani and cost the lives of nine civilians on September 30th (via Euphrates Post)
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes that allegedly hit Baqrs Foqani and cost the lives of nine civilians on September 30th (via Euphrates Post)
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes that allegedly hit Baqrs Foqani and cost the lives of nine civilians on September 30th (via Euphrates Post)
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes that allegedly hit Baqrs Foqani and cost the lives of nine civilians on September 30th (via Euphrates Post)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Bokros Foqani (بقرص فوقاني), eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, for which the coordinates are: 35.090833, 40.398056.

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 Bokros Foqani, 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 29th – 30th the Coalition reported “Near Abu Kamal, 3 strikes engaged four ISIS units and destroyed three vehicles.”

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 12
  • (3 children3 women4 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (33) [ collapse]