Ten named civilians died and “a large number more” were injured in an alleged airstrike on Granij, according to local media. One sources blamed Russia, while the rest attributed blame to the US-led Coalition.
According to Deir Ezzor 24, six non-combatants died when the Coalition “attacked the house of Elias Khader Al-Abdullah in the Al-Samra neighbourhood of the town of Granij. The deaths occurred during a raid targeting a house which IS were in. It led to the martyrdom of Elias and the death of many members of the organisation [ISIS].”
The source said that the death count was likely to rise due to “a large number of wounded”, adding that “the bombing caused the complete destruction of many houses”.
Step News Agency, also blaming the Coalition, reported that “the residents of the neighbourhood came to the aid of women who were wounded in the raid. The plane then returned and targeted the ambulance, killing all of them and wounding two others. The search continues under the rubble of survivors.”
VDC-SY was the only source that blamed Russian troops.
The incident was first reported on December 25, 2017 at 3:00 am by .
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- The wife of Hussein Abdullah Adult female killed
- Daughter of Hussein Abdullah female killed
- Mariam Hussein al-Abdullah Adult female killed
- Elias Khader Al Abdullah Age unknown killed
- Aliwi al-Jassim al-Zulu Age unknown killed
- The wife of Khalif Al-Naji Age unknown female killed
- Madiha al-Abd Allah Age unknown female killed
- The son of Aliwi al-Jassim Age unknown male killed
- Ali Fareej Age unknown male killed
- Ibrahim Khalifa Age unknown male killed
Sources (12) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al-Samra (السمرة) in the town of Granij (غرانيج). Due to limited information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the exact location of the neighbourhood but believe it is in the Wadi Al-Samra area, for which the coordinates are: 34.784201, 40.728679. The general location of Granij (غرانيج) is at the following coordinates: 34.776667, 40.73
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 December 24th-25th, the Coalition reported: ” Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed a heavy machine gun and three ISIS vehicles.”
Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
The Russian Ministry of Defence announced being active in unspecified parts of Syria until December 11th, 2017.