In an incident previously untracked by Airwars, the Coalition later confirmed the death of one civilian in an event near Khatuniya. The Pentagon later reported this to have been a US action.
According to CJTFOIR’s June 2019 civilian casualty report: “Coalition forces engaged in a small arms fire event. Regrettably, one civilian was unintentionally killed in the exchange.”
The Coalition provided Airwars with the location of this incident, accurate to within a 100 metre box. Airwars researchers could not find any publicly reported claims of civilian harm in the area on this day.
In May 2020 in its annual civilian harm report to Congress, the Pentagon declared this to have been a US action.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
Sources (2) [ collapse]
In its June 2019 monthly civilian casualty report, the Coalition released the MGRS for this incident as 37SFA949339.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jun 28, 2019
May 10, 2018, near Khatuniya, Syria, via self-report. Coalition forces engaged in a small arms fire event. Regrettably, one civilian was unintentionally killed in the exchange.
May 6, 2020
Since last year’s Section 1057 report, CJTF-OIR assessed that an additional seven reports of civilian casualties during 2018 were credible, with approximately eight civilians killed and approximately one civilian injured as result of U.S. military operations. With these additional assessments, CJTF-OIR assessed that a total number of 19 reports of civilian casualties during 2018 were credible, with approximately 37 civilians killed and approximately 17 civilians injured. 10-May-18 Khatuniya, Syria Ground 0 civilians killed 1 civilian injured
Original strike reports
Between May 4 and May 10, Coalition military forces conducted 53 strikes consisting of
63 engagements in Iraq and Syria.
On May 10 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four
engagements against Daesh targets.
- Three strikes took place near Abu Kamal.
- Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed one Daesh artillery piece.