Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1682

Incident date

November 22, 2017

Location

الباغوز, Al Baghouz, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.4641667, 40.9452778 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One named civilian died in a casualty event in Al Baghouz, according to local media – though it was unclear who was responsible. There were allegations against Russia, the regime and Iraqi forces. No sources explicitly blamed the Coalition, though some didn’t identify the warplanes responsible.

The official page for the al Soussa area reported: unbelievable bombings yesterday evening on Albagouz. It said that the following locations were struck: the mosque, the house of Tayseer al-Hilal, the three houses of Al Matar, the house of Khaled al-Fayadh, the house of Nouri al-Fayyad, the house of Talib al-Faisal, two houses of the son of al-Hilal”. It added that Amir the son of Jamil al-‘Aziz with his wife and children were wounded; that “the son of Hamdan Aziz and two of his brothers” were wounded critically; that Abd, the son of Hamed al Mheissan was killed and that the son of Hamdan al Aziz is in a hospital in Hajeen in the operation room. However, the source didn’t say who was responsible.

Smart blamed the regime, while Al Jisr attributed the event to Iraqi sectarian militia, reporting that the mosque was destroyed. The Step News Agency didn’t identify the warplanes that carried out the attack, while Masar Press reported that Russian aircraft launched several raids killing three civilians, as did Baladi and Syrian Free Army.

SHRC named one male victim reported that he died in artillery shelling.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one person was killed and two of his brothers were injured by the bombing of warplanes in areas in the town of Al-Bagouz in the eastern suburb of Deir Al-Zour.

the Coalition report stated:  November 22, 2017, near al-Baghouz village, Syria, via Airwars. After a review of available information, it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Baghouz (الباغوز), for which the coordinates are: 34.4641667, 40.9452778

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
  • Stated location
    Al Baghouz, Deir ez-Zor
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFU786153
    Military Grid Reference System

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For November 22nd-23rd the Coalition publicly reported no strikes in Syria.: “There were no reported strikes conducted in Syria on Nov. 22, 2017.“

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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

Sources (13) [ collapse]