Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1585

Incident date

October 5, 2017

Location

Huseiniyah, Deir Ezzor, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.358889, 40.151111 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

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.

  • Hani Jadoua Al-Khalif al-Hammad Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 5
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

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:

  • 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 Huseiniyah, 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 October 4th – 5th the Coalition reported “Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed four vehicles and a VBIED.”

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
    1 – 5
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]