According to the Euphrates Post, the Syrian Democratic Forces carried out an artillery bombardment on Abu Hamam. It said that there had been civilian casualties but didn’t specify a number.
Al Qouriya Media Center provided some more detail. It reported that “artillery shelling targeted a family from al-Qouriya, the family of Hussein al-Ali al-Sayer al-Hamad. There were initial reports of a number of casualties, including the death of Yasser Hussin al-Ali al-Sayer al Hamad, and injury to other family members”. The source didn’t say who carried out the shelling.
Activists told the Smart News Agency that the “SDF used artillery shells on residential neighborhoods in the town (75 km east of Deir al-Azur), east of the Euphrates River on Saturday, killing a civilian and wounding his family”.
The SDF is not known to have had access to its own artillery – indicating that this was a Coalition action. However, a report by Sada said that one civilian was killed and others wounded as a result of the SDF using “rocket-propelled grenades”.
The incident was first reported on November 18, 2017 at 9:00 am by .
The victims were named as:
Family members (1)
- the family of Hussein al-Ali al-Sayer al-Hamad killed
- Yasser Hussin al-Ali al-Sayer al Hamad Age unknown male killed
Sources (9) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the village of Abu Hamam (ابو حمام), for which the coordinates are: 34.827222, 40.665278
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 17th-18th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a VBIED, a tactical vehicle and an ISIS construction vehicle. Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.”