Up to five civilians died in an airstrike on the al Mrashda river crossing in Deir Ezzor, local media said – though sources were conflicted as to whether the US-led Coalition, Syrian regime or Russia were responsible.
According to Al Hall, the Coalition “targeted the water crossing in the town of Al Mrashda in rural Bu Kamal also, killing one man and three children and wounding four others, most of them in critical condition”.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it was “unknown” whether the planes belonged to the Coalition.
However, Baladi said that Russia was. It said that five people died and others were wounded. Alaraby also pointed towards Moscow.
But the Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the regime, putting the death toll at four.
A number of other sources didn’t identify the warplanes that carried out the attack.
The incident was first reported on November 2, 2017 at 10:30 am by .
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Ali al-Saleh al-Hanashul Adult male from al-Safafneh killed
- His son Hassan Child male from al-Safafneh killed
Sources (11) [ collapse]
Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention a river crossing in the village of al Mrashda (المراشدة) for which the coordinates are: 34.5099691,40.9314306 The coordinates for the village’s main river crossing are: 34.492215,40.918247 Destroyed ferry and vehicles can be seen on a satellite image from Nov. 13, 2017 Airwars does not have the rights to publish the image.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
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
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.”