Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1865

Incident date

December 5, 2018

Location

هجين, Hajin, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.6897222, 40.83 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

An alleged Coalition airstrike killed up to 25 civilians according to sources on the ground. The dead reportedly included the families of two ISIS fighters.

A single source, Suriye UAD Facebook page, reported that five civilians were killed including a woman, whereas other sources such as Step News and Baladi News reported that as many as 25 civilians were killed and 17 others were injured.

One local source told Airwars that among the victims were two members of ISIS. The families of these ISIS members were reported killed as well. According to Palmyra Facebook page, seven family members of ISIS member Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Assaad died, most of whom were children. Other sources confirmed a total of eight deaths.

Revolution Palmyra additionally reported that ISIS member “Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar, his wife Hiba Walid Turki and all four of their children” were killed in the airstrike. The death of Yasser was reported confirmed, but the bodies of the family members were alleged missing. 

Al Soussa Youth Facebook pages added that the Coalition had launched more than 40 air strikes and artillery shells in the vicinity on the day in question. 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (7)

  • Wife of Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Assaad Adult female killed
  • Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Assaad Adult male ISIS member according to Palmyra Facebook page killed
  • Khalil Ibrahim Al - Saeed Child male Child of Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Assaad killed
  • Mahmoud Ibrahim Al - Saeed Child male Child of Ibrahim Mahmoud al-Assaad killed
  • Ghufran Ibrahim Al - Saeed Child male killed
  • Daughter of Ibrahim Al-Saeed Child female killed
  • Ayat Ibrahim Al - Saeed killed

Family members (6)

  • Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar Adult male ISIS member according to Palmyra Facebook page killed
  • Hiba Walid Turki Adult female Wife of Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar. killed
  • Child of Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar. Child killed
  • Child of Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar. Child killed
  • Child of Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar. Child killed
  • Child of Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar. Child killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 25
  • (6–7 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • ISIS member Ibrahim al-Said, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin in December 6th 2017 (via Palmyra Facebook page).
  • Children of Ibrahim al-Said, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin on December 6th 2017 (via Palmyra Facebook page).
  • Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar, alleged ISIS member killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin on December 6th 2018 (via Revolution Palmyra Facebook page).
  • Children of Yasser Abdul Razzaq Ahmed Al Jazzar, alleged ISIS member, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin on December 6th 2018 (via Revolution Palmyra Facebook page).
  • Children of Abdul Razzaq al-Jazzar, reportedly an ISI member, who was killed with his wife and children by an alleged Coalition airstrike on the city of Hajin (via Palmyra).
  • Child of Abdul Razzaq al-Jazzar, who was killed with his wife and children by an alleged Coalition airstrike on the city of Hajin (via Palmyra).
  • Child of Abdul Razzaq al-Jazzar, who was killed with his wife and children by an alleged Coalition airstrike on the city of Hajin (via Palmyra).

US-led Coalition Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

On Dec. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 41 strikes consisting of 82 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 41 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units, and destroyed 19 fighting positions, three command and control nodes, three vehicles, two staging areas, two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, two supply routes, two logistics facilities, one piece of heavy equipment, one media cell and one building.

Netherlands
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Dutch F-16's supported ground troops during 9 missions in the fight against ISIS. Weapons were deployed during 6 missions. The aircrafts were operational above Syrian provide Deir Al Zour near Abu Kamal and targeted vehicles, logistical places and IS-fighters.

In de strijd tegen terreurorganisatie ISIS ondersteunden Nederlandse F-16’s grondtroepen tijdens 9 missies. Bij 6 werden wapens ingezet. De toestellen kwamen in actie boven de Syrische provincie Deir al Zour bij Abu Kamal. Hierbij zijn voertuigen, logistieke opslagplaatsen en strijders aangevallen.

United Kingdom
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Wednesday 5 December – Typhoons bombed two terrorist positions north-west of Hajin...On Wednesday 5 December, Typhoons supported an SDF advance north-west of Hajin. The SDF came into contact with two Daesh positions, but heavy cloud gave the terrorists no protection and both targets were successfully struck with Paveway IVs.

France
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For December 5th to 11th, France reports that it carried out 20 sorties and 7 strikes. Task Force Wagram carried out 38 firing missions (20 lighting, 18 destruction). Since November 21, 161 fire missions have been carried out and nearly 1,000 shells have been fired. Airwars reached out to French MoD to ask where the airstrikes were conducted and was told that all seven strikes were near Hajin

CHAMMAL SITUATION MILITAIRE DU THEATRE Ø Offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech en Syrie Dans la région d’Hajine, dans la moyenne vallée de l’Euphrate, profitant de conditions météo défavorables, Daech a mené plusieurs attaques. Celles-ci se sont à nouveau heurtées à des frappes aériennes et des tirs d’artillerie de la coalition. Au bilan, grâce à l’appui de la coalition, les forces démocratiques syriennes (FDS) ont repris leur progression méthodique dans la zone. Ø Poursuite des actions de sécurisation en Irak En Irak, la situation est inchangée. L’activité de Daech est contrainte par les opérations des forces de sécurité irakiennes (FSI). A la frontière, l’effort visant à contrer toute tentative d’infiltration de Daech depuis la Syrie est maintenu. ACTIVITE DE LA FORCE Le dispositif français déployé au Levant n’a pas évolué. La frégate légère furtive Aconit patrouille en Méditerranée orientale dans le cadre de la fonction stratégique connaissance et anticipation. Ø La Task Force Wagram en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech présentes dans la vallée de l’Euphrate La Task Force (TF) Wagram continue d’appuyer les forces démocratiques syriennes qui luttent contre Daech dans la région d’Hajine. Elle a réalisé cette semaine, depuis le territoire irakien, 38 missions de tir (20 éclairement, 18 destruction – bilan du 28 novembre au 4 décembre inclus). En trois semaines, Wagram a fourni un effort important pour stopper les contre-attaques de Daech puis appuyer les opérations des FDS qui reprennent l’initiative dans les derniers réduits tenus par l’organisation terroriste. Ainsi, depuis le 21 novembre, 161 missions de tir ont été réalisées et près de 1000 obus ont été tirés. Depuis le début de son engagement, la Task Force Wagram a réalisé 2326 missions de tirs. Ø Les bases aériennes en Jordanie et aux EAU en appui des opérations Les aéronefs français basés en Jordanie et aux Émirats arabes unis poursuivent leurs actions contre Daech, au sein de la coalition. Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 20 sorties aériennes (bilan du 5 au 11 décembre inclus). Les Rafale français ont été significativement engagés dans l’appui aux FDS puisque les équipages ont conduit 7 frappes cette semaine permettant de neutraliser 9 objectifs ennemis. Bilan total de l’action du pilier appui aérien depuis le 19/09/14 : 8708 sorties / 1489 frappes / 2292 objectifs neutralisés. Ø Les Task Forces Monsabert et Narvik poursuivent leurs missions de formation La Task Force (TF) Monsabert poursuit sa mission d’assistance et de conseil de l’état-major de la 6ème division irakienne. Elle conseille également les brigades subordonnées, dont la 106ème brigade d’artillerie irakienne. La TF Narvik, poursuit sa mission de formation et de conseil de l’Iraki Counter Terrorism Service (ICTS). Le stage de formation au recueil de renseignement s’est achevé après six semaines d’instruction. Narvik forme actuellement les Irakiens dans les domaines suivants : mise en œuvre d’armes lourdes, combat motorisé, lutte contre les engins explosifs improvisés, sauvetage au combat et tir de précision.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 25
  • (6–7 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (21) [ collapse]