Multiple sources stated that three or six civilians, including a seven-year-old child, were killed in an airstrike on a vehicle in the town of Al Safawi in the countryside of southern Al Hasakah on February 28th.
Most local sources reported that the victims all came from the same family and were killed when driving in their car. Other sources, like Baladi, specified that in fact 3 civilians were killed and 3 others were injured as a result of the bombardment. The report also listed the names of the victims, provided by local sources.
All media identified the Coalition as the culprit.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Mohannad As’ad al-Khamis al-Issa Adult male killed
- Bashir Juma al-Issa Age unknown male killed
- Son of Khamis al-Issa 7 years old male killed
Sources (7) [ collapse]
from sources (1) [ collapse]
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Oct 25, 2018
February 28, 2018, near al-Safawi, al-Hassaka, Syria, via Airwars. 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 February 28th, the Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in the vicinity of Al Safawi or Hasakah governorate.
However see the UK report below.
‘Wednesday 28 February – Typhoons attacked two Daesh armoured vehicles in eastern Syria, and cratered a road to prevent it being used to move supplies or truck-bombs…Royal Air Force aircraft continued to fly daily armed reconnaissance patrols over eastern Syria, but the next air strikes did not occur until Wednesday 28 February. One flight of Typhoons delivered attacks with Paveway IVs against two Daesh armoured vehicles spotted by the Syrian Democratic Forces to the north-east of Abu Kamal, with one of the weapons being accurately delivered through cloud against a target which the aircrew could not themselves see. A second Typhoon flight conducted Paveway attacks on a key road in the area, cratering it to prevent the terrorists from moving equipment along it, particularly heavy truck-bombs.’