Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1790

Incident date

August 8, 2018

Location

البوبدران, Medical clinic in Al Bubadran area between Al Soussa and Al Sha'afa villages, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.542338, 40.959091 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Three civilians died and an unspecified number more were wounded in alleged Coalition airstrikes on a medical clinic between Al Sousse and Al Shaafa, according to local media.

The Step News Agency, Shaam News Network and Sound were among sources reporting that a medical clinic was struck, along with other sites, as the Coalition reportedly targeted ISIS elements in the area.

According to the source Al Ghad al Souri, “activists from the area said that a number of civilians were killed and others were injured by the bombing of an international coalition aircraft which targeted the medical clinic in the village of Al-Sousse, one of three towns still controlled by Daesh in Deir al-Zour. Neighborhoods of Al-Shafa village near the city of Abu Kamal were also struck”.

Al Soussa Youth reported that Al Sousse was “under heavy shelling from the Coalition flights and there is smoke rising above the roofs.”

A number of sources didn’t give a specific number of casualties. For example, the Step News Agency said that “there were a number of dead and wounded though the number is not yet known”. Other sources noted that members of ISIS were killed but again gave no figures.

However, The Displaced of the Euphrates said that there were “three martyrs in al Soussa, believed to be civilians”. It went on to add that “some of the weak souls in the villages of Deir al-Zor east of the Euphrates hide Daesh members in their homes in return for a few dollars, thereby exposing their women and children to danger when the SDF attacks their homes!”

In the second of their September 2020 civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFU797240
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Sep 9, 2020
  • Aug. 8, 2018, in Al Bubadran, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 3179/CS1790 37SFU797240

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For August 8th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh vehicle.”

France
  • English
    /
    Original

From August 8th to 14th, France reports that Tsk Force Wagram carried out one artillery shooting mission in the Euphrates Valley. Over the past week, the aircraft of Operation Chammal conducted 32 sorties in support of ground troops – but there were no airstrikes.

‘IRAK – SYRIE – CHAMMAL SITUATION MILITAIRE DU THEATRE Offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech en Syrie En Syrie, les Forces Démocratiques Syrienne continuent leurs actions offensives. Elles ont achevé cette semaine leurs opérations de sécurisation de la région de Dashisha, et œuvrent désormais à la mise en place d’une nouvelle administration locale. La zone reste encore polluée par les nombreux pièges et IED posés par Daech, et les opérations de neutralisation de ces derniers devraient encore se poursuivre plusieurs semaines. Poursuite des actions de sécurisation en Irak Les opérations de sécurisation se poursuivent et continuent d’obtenir des résultats. Les forces de sécurité irakiennes ont cette semaine neutralisé plusieurs groupes de Daech opérant dans la province de Ninive, tout en continuant à mettre à jour des complexes de tunnels aménagés servant de stocks de matériels et d’ateliers de confections d’IED pour les combattant terroristes. ACTIVITE DE LA FORCE Formation au profit des forces de sécurité irakiennes La Task Force Narvik achève cette semaine un cycle de formation entamé à la fin du mois de juin au profit de près de 200 soldats de l’Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS) dans 5 domaines de spécialité différents. Cette fin de cycle est l’occasion de mener des exercices de synthèse afin d’évaluer le niveau atteint par les stagiaires. La Task Force Monsabert poursuit ses activités de conseil et de formation au profit de la 6e Division. La Task Force Wagram en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech présentes dans la vallée de l’Euphrate Les artilleurs de la Task Force Wagram poursuivent leurs actions en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech dans la vallée de l’Euphrate. Cette semaine, une missions de tir a été réalisée (bilan du 8 au 14 août inclus). Depuis le début de son engagement, la Task Force Wagram a réalisé 1861 missions de tir. Les bases aériennes en Jordanie et aux EAU en appui des opérations Sur la semaine écoulée, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont effectué 32 sorties aériennes en appui des forces locales engagées au sol (bilan du 8 au 14 août inclus). Aucune frappe n’a été réalisée. Bilan total de l’action du pilier appui aérien depuis le 19/09/14 : 8357 sorties / 1456 frappes / 2247 objectifs neutralisés.’

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (16) [ collapse]