Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1662 RS2673

Incident date

November 2, 2017

Location

المراشدة, Al Mrashda river crossing, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.492215, 40.918247 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

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)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (1) [ collapse]

  • Sulayman Taraki Al Khalaf Al-Dablan, killed in an alleged airstrike on the Al Mrashda river crossing on November 2nd 2017 (via Amin Al Mashhadani).

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.

  • Mrashda (المراشدة) village river crossing

    Date taken:
    May 21, 2011

    Imagery:
    © 2018 Google

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.
  • 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
    4 – 5
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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]