Six named civilians including one woman died in an airstrike on al Basira, local media said.
Marsad al Hassaka reported the death of “Mohammad Manadi al Sha’aran known as Baj’eeb“. The source said that he died “in front of the Grand Mosque in Al-Basira, as a result of the air raids”. In a second report, the same source named “Ahmed Mahmoud Hassan al-Abd known as Tahmir Abu Jakouk” as another victim of a strike, though neither report apportioned blame.
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “at least two civilians were killed as International Coalition warplanes fired missiles on al Basira city in Deir Ez-Zour governorate eastern suburbs, on November 4, 2017”.
Both Almanar and Radio Alkul – who put the death toll at four – also blamed the Coalition.
Images published by Free Deir Ezzor Radio reportedly show the SDF “controlling the mountain of al Basira”, indicating that they were fighting for control of Basira.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Mohammad Manadi al Sha’aran known as Baj’eeb Age unknown male killed
- Ahmed Mahmoud Hassan al-Abd known as Tahmir Abu Jakouk Age unknown male killed
- Abdul Qadir Talib Daoud Al-Hassan Al-Ali Age unknown male named by Syrian Press Center killed
- Mustafa Nuri Ahmed al Douda Age unknown male named by Syrian Press Center killed
- Abdulmutallab Dawood Al Hussein Age unknown male an engineer, named by Syrian Press Center killed
- Ms. Reham Ismail Hamadi Al-Obeid Adult female named by Syrian Press Center killed
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the town of Al Busraya (البصيرة), for which the coordinates are: 35.15618,40.42716. One source mentioned the strike was in front of the “Grand Mosque” (ﺍﻟﻤﺴﺠﺪ ﺍﻟﻜﺒﻴﺮ). We identified at least three mosques in the town, however, no visible damage can be seen in their vicinity around Nov. 4, 2017.
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 4th-5th, the Coalition reported that “Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS-held buildings, a command and control node, a weapons cache and an ISIS motorcycle. Near Dayr Az Zawr, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, two lines of communication, three ISIS vehicles, two fighting positions, a VBIED and an explosive hazard.”