Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1559 RS2575

Incident date

October 1, 2017

Location

الميادين, Al Mayadin, Deir Ezzor, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.02134, 40.448522 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Up to 14 named civilians died in an air and artillery strike in Al Mayadin, local media reported – though it was unclear who was responsible for the event, with sources pointing towards the Coalition, Russia and the regime. Many reports referred only to attacks by “warplanes”.

Although no specific sources put the death toll as high as 14, the total number of named casualties spread across sources was 14.

According to Euphrates Post and other sources, the raids occurred “in the vicinity of Al-Hammad Hospital and Teachers Syndicate in Al-Mayadeen”.

@Asharq_news reported that both “warplanes and helicopters had carried out 25 raids an hour ago”. However other sources claimed there were up to 50 raids. One source reported that the high intensity of raids caused a “great panic”. 

The Syrian Press Center said that “Russian warplanes and international coalition aircraft continue to commit the worst massacres against civilians in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Azzur. On Sunday, warplanes carried out a new massacre in the city of Al-Mayadeen, leaving four martyrs dead”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at three including a child and reported that the warplanes responsible were “believed to be Russian”.

Sound and Picture said that five civilians including two children had died, but like many sources, didn’t identify who carried out the raids.

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported regime warplanes had killed seven non-combatants, including two children and two women.

Two ISIS fighters named as Abu Yasser and Hamdan al-Shaher Abu Saleh were also reported killed.

It was reported by Baladi that the vicinity “was hit by a barrage of un-exploded ordnance, cluster bombs and more.”

The incident occured around midday.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 14
  • (4 children2 women3 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 (49) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an airstrike on the vicinity of Al-Hammad Hospital and Teachers Syndicate in Al-Mayadeen, 1st October 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
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    Civilian casualties in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Al-Mayadeen, 1st October 2017. (via Syrian PC)
  • AN audio clip showing the sound of heavy shelling in Al-Mayadeen, 1st October 2017. (via Euphrates Post)
  • Civilians in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Coalition airstrike on Al-Mayadeen, 1st October 2017. (via @ahhrrar123)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention multiple strikes in the town of Al Mayadin (لميادين‎). Sources mention the areas of Al Hammad hospital (الحماد) at these coordinates: 35.021340,40.448522, the Teachers Syndicate (المعلمین نقابة) and a river crossing. Due to limited information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify these last two locations further  

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 30th-October 1st the Coalition reported “Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed an ISIS well head and engaged two tactical units. Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.”

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

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 14
  • (4 children2 women3 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 (49) [ collapse]