Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1626

Incident date

October 15, 2017

Location

البصيرة, Al Busayrah, Deir Ezzor, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.15618, 40.42716 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

A young man died following alleged airstrikes on the village of al Busayrah, Deir Ezzor governorate, according to local media.

Reports said that up to five other civilians died in addition to Abdul and that people were fleeing the town while air raids were carried out. A later report from Sharqiya Voice named two families of the sons of Hassan Al-Ali Al-Ta’imat as killed.

It is not clear who was responsible for the offensive as sources did not apportion blame. Deir Ezzor 24 reported aircraft launched raids in an attempt to move to areas of control the SDF.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that warplanes – which may be Russian or belonging to the Coalition – bombed areas in the al-Bokamal city which are located on the Syrian – Iraqi border in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, causing the death of an Iraqi family who took refuge in the ISIS-controlled city. The family consisted of six people including a woman and three children.

No further details are currently available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention internally displaced people being struck as they fled the town of Al Busayrah (البصیرة), for which the coordinates are: 35.15618, 40.42716. 

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 Busayrah, 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 14th-15th the Coalition publicly reported no strikes in Deir Ezzor.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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

Sources (6) [ collapse]