Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1802

Incident date

October 1, 2018

Location

مسجد الهشيم السوسة , Al Soussa: al Hashim mosque, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that the US-led Coalition bombed the al Hashim mosque in al Soussa. However, it was unclear whether the 29 to 33 people reported killed were civilians or members of ISIS.

The Step News Agency said that the strike was carried out at dawn on October 1st, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the mosque was severely damaged and rendered inoperable.

Step News added that there were” reports of dead and injured” people – but didn’t give their combatant status.

According to Smart News, 29 people were killed in the raid – but, again, this source didn’t state whether these were members of ISIS or civilians.

The Syrian Observatory “monitored the killing of 33 ISIS members in its last enclave east of Euphrates”. Athr Press instead stated that ” A number of civilians were killed and others were injured when International Alliance aircraft targeted the Al-Hashim” mosque in the town of Al-Sousse, east of Deir Al-Zour, with a number of raids.”

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    33
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (8) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For October 1st 2018, the US led Coalition stated the following: “On Oct. 1 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one tactical unit, and destroyed one vehicle, one mortar tube and two supply routes.”

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    33
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (8) [ collapse]