Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1699

Incident date

December 14, 2017

Location

هجين, Hajeen, Deir Ezzor, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.6897222, 40.83 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Three named civilians died and others were wounded in Hajeen, according to local media. It is unclear whether the Coalition or the regime were responsible for the deaths.

It said they had died “as a result of military air strikes believed to belong to the International Alliance this afternoon which targeted the market at Hajeen near the Great Mosque and the vicinity of the castle and near the municipality [were struck]. Artillery shelling by the regime forces was also recorded on the city today”.

Smart and Al Arabi al Jadid also blamed the Coalition, as did the Syrian Network for Human Rights which said that a girl was included in the three people killed. SN4HR said that the strike was on a market in the centre of the town.

According to DE24, “air shelling by Assad’s forces” killed Saleh Al Thamer, Hassan Al Malali and Sudi Dibis Al Mahmoud Al A’jeel.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at three and blamed “warplanes”.

 

The incident was first reported on December 14, 2017 at 8:00 am by .

  • Hassan al Malali Age unknown male killed
  • Swadi Dibis al-A’jeel Age unknown
  • Saleh Al Thamer Age unknown

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Hajeen (هجين), for which the coordinates are: 34.6897222, 40.83. According to a source the strike targeted a market near the great mosque “in the vicinity of the castle and the municipality”. Due to limited information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location of the castle, however, we believe the great mosque possibly refers to the mosque at these coordinates: 34.693286, 40.825818. Footage of the immediate aftermath is taken in full daylight, we estimate that the incident possibly occurred between 6:30 am (sunrise) and 8 am.

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

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 December 13th-14th , the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, nine strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles and an ISIS headquarters.”

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
    3
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (14) [ collapse]