Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1660 RS2671

Incident date

November 2, 2017

Location

الصالحية, Al Salhiya, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.7146658, 40.7555866 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to 23 civilians, reportedly including two families, died and “a large number” more were injured in airstrikes on al Salhiya in Deir Ezzor, according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether this was the work of the US-led Coalition, Russia or the Syrian regime.

Euphrates Post reported “21 martyrs and a large number of wounded as a result of strikes that targeted the houses of civilians in the town of Salhiya in al Kamal countryside on Thursday noon. The raids targeted the municipality building and the house of Majid al-Issa and the house of Turki al-Qahayt and the shops of A’raj Al-Shamluk at the main road and the police station.” The source named the following victims but didn’t identify the warplanes responsible for their deaths.

15 people from two displaced families from outside the town of Salhiya were also included in the list of civilian casualties.

Reporting by the Syrian Network for Human Rights was confused. It issued two reports on November 6th. In the first, it blamed “suspected Russian warplanes” for the deaths of “at least 10 civilians, including 2 girls”. But a second report said that the child Fawaz Muammar Fawaz al-Madi was killed by a warplane belonging to the regime.

The Syrian Press Center, didn’t identify the warplane responsible, but also named the above victims plus 19 people “from two displaced families in the town of Salhiya”. The source went on to say “it is noteworthy that the forces of the regime and the militias began a military campaign in the south-east of the southern province of Deir Ezzor with Russian air cover to control the region.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights laid the blame with the Coalition, saying that the strikes killed “10 citizens at least including a man and his two child girls”. Al Hall, also reporting that the Coalition was responsible, provided some more detail reporting that “Abu Ayman al-Ali, an activist from the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, told Al-Hal, that the international coalition ‘targeted civilian houses in the village of Salhiya in the countryside with more than 17 raids, killing 21 civilians, mostly women and children, including two families displaced from outside the village.’”

However, Baladi, Radio Al Kul and Al Araby al Jadid blamed Russia, with Al Araby al Jadid noting that “all the [21] dead belonged to three families, including two families were displaced earlier to the town”.

The incident was first reported on November 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm by .

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 23
  • (3 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Fawaz Muammar Fawaz al-Madi from al-'Ashara, reportedly killed after being wounded by shrapnel. (via SN4HR)
  • Fawaz Muammar Fawaz al-Madi from al-'Ashara, reportedly killed after being wounded by shrapnel. (via The Martyrs of the City of Al A’shara)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Salhiya (الصالحية) for which the coordinates are: 34.7146658, 40.7555866

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

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Oct 26, 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 November 2nd-3rd: “Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed an ISIS line of communication. Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS line of communication, a VBIED factory and an ISIS headquarters.”

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
    10 – 23
  • (3 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]