Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1862

Incident date

November 29, 2018

Location

الشعفة, Al Sha'afa, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.592522, 40.937685 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that an alleged Coalition airstrike targeted Yarmouk Women’s Hospital and killed between 10 and 45 civilians, including women, children and medical staff in addition to members of ISIS.

According to AE24, a source in the Deir Ezzor civil council of the Syrian opposition said that “more than 40 civilians were killed, in addition to a number of medical staff, including a Russian doctor working with Daash, and wounded dozens more in air strikes on the Yarmouk hospital in the vicinity of the 24th Street East of Deir al-Zour on Thursday. ”

Euphrates Post reported that among the victims were volunteer doctors as well. Smart News put the death toll at a total of 45 people killed in the attack.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, among the dead were at least 10 civilians including three children and five women. 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 45
  • (3 children5 women)
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
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    Video depicting the destruction of Yarmouk Women’s Hospital and several bodies being pulled from the rubble (posted by Free Deir Ezzor Radio on November 29th, 2018).
  • 'More than 20 people were killed by the bombing of the International Alliance of a Women's Hospital (Yarmouk Hospital) in the town of Al-Sha'afa in the south-east of Deir al-Zour, according to sources close to Daesh.'
  • A mosaic image based off the video found online, which allegedly shows the destruction of Yarmouk Hospital. (Via Bellingcat)
  • Location of the attack, where the hospital is, before the bombing. (Via Bellingcat).
  • Location of the attack after the bombing on the hospital. (via Bellingcat).
  • Imagery shows three craters on the main road. Northeast from the second crater, which is located towards the center of the image, a building, which is assumed to be Yarmouk Hospital, is completely destroyed. (via Bellingcat)
  • Before image of the location of Yarmouk hospital. (via Bellingcat).
  • Deir Ezzor Radio news about the targeting of the hospital. (Used by Bellingcat)

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 November 29th 2018, the US-led Coalition publicly reported the following: "On Nov. 29 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets. Near Hajin, 18 strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 15 supply routes, four vehicles, one command and control center, three fuel trucks, one piece of heavy equipment and two staging areas."

Netherlands
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    Original

For November 28th-Dec 4th, the Dutch MoD reported that its F-16's supported ground troops in the fight against IS during 9 missions. Weapons were deployed during 7 missions above Deir Ezzor in Syria, targeting vehicles, logistical places and ISIS fighters.

In het overzicht van 28 Nov- 4 Dec laat MinDef weten tijdens 9 missies F-16's te hebben ingezet ter ondersteuning van grondtroepen in de strijd tegen IS. Bij 7 missies boven Deir al Zour in Syrie werden wapens ingezet. Voertuigen, logistieke plaatsen en IS-strijders zijn geraakt.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 45
  • (3 children5 women)
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]