Five civilians died following airstrikes on al Husseiniya village, local sources said. The number of victims was placed at five in a report by Deir Ezzor 24, including “several others wounded”.
Deir Free identified the young man Hani Jadoua Al-Khalif al-Hammad as one of the dead, and said that “artillery shelling by regime forces” was suspected responsible. In a second report released by Smart they placed the death toll at five again, and described the incident as having occurred in “a related context” to regime forces shelling a nearby village.
The US-led Coalition was not alleged responsible by any source, with Regime forces blamed by three of the sources and “Artillery shelling” as the mode of warfare by most sources, Deir Free also noted a “missile strike”. Deir Ezzor 24 referred to “air raids” and did not apportion blame, therefore the Coalition could not be ruled out entirely. In a delayed report issued October 7th – which most likely referred to an artillery or rocket strike – the Coalition noted that “On Oct. 5, near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria, one strike engaged a fighting position.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Sources (5) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Husseiniya village ( الحسینیة قریة), for which the generic coordinates are: 35.358889, 40.151111.
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 reported “Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed four vehicles and a VBIED.”