Six civilians from two families reportedly died following airstrikes on the town of Sukkaria, close to Al Bukamal, local sources alleged. An unknown numbers of civilians were left wounded after the attack, with the death toll expected to rise due to some people being in a critical condition.
A correspondent for Deir Ezzor 24 reported that warplanes hit civilian houses in the early hours of the morning,“near the school of Ne’ma Matar and near Al-Hamdan road”, with the source adding that “shelling also caused the destruction of three homes” in total, in addition to the destruction of several shops and other buildings. A subsequent report from Syrian PC added al-Dalu Street to the location detail. Victims were listed by numerous sources.
Jisr TV alleged Russia committed the “massacre”, and asserted that the raids focussed on “residential areas of Sukkaria”; Al Jazeera and Baladi also blamed Russia, while Smart considered the aircraft “likely Russia”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed both Russia and the Regime, though in a subsequent report referred to “unidentified planes”. In contrast, Deir Ezzor Free Radio suspected the US-led Coalition (which did admit bombing the city that day), with the source adding the “home of Hilal Al Aifan” to the list of places affected, Radio Al Kul also blamed the Coalition.
The incident occured around dawn.
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Reports of the incident mention residential buildings being struck in the vicinity of the Ne’ma Matar school (مطر نعمة) and Al Hamdan road (الحمدان) in the village of Sukkariya (السكریة). Due to limited information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the locations of this school and the road. However, the generic coordinates for the village of Sukkariya (السكریة) are: 34.491136, 40.886135.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
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
For October 4th – 5th the Coalition publicly reported no strikes near Abu Kamal.