Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1929

Incident date

September 3, 2019

Location

العزبة, Al Ezba, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.366944, 40.345556 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that 15-year old Alloush Suleiman Al-Subhi was killed during a raid on Al-Ezba in the evening on September 3rd. Several sources claimed that Coalition forces and Kurdish militias conducted an airdrop in the area.

The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) reported that Alloush was shot by SDF forces, with air support from the International Coalition. According to Jisr TV the Deir Al-Zour News however, the child was killed when Coalition forces and Kurdish militias opened fire during an airdrop operation that was meant to target a leader of ISIS.

SHRC added that Alloush was one of three people killed by the SDF, but did not clarify whether the other two victims were combatants.

In its monthly civilian casualty report for October 2019 – published on December 5th of the same year – the US-led Coalition assessed this event as ‘non credible’, noting: “September 3, 2019, in Al-Ezba, 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. 2777/CS1929 37SBV866787”.

The Coalition published a location for the assessment identifying to within 100 metres the area where it had focused its review. However this showed only central Idlib, rather than the cited village.

In their August 2020 civilian casualty report, after reopening the case, the US-led Coalition again 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 incident occured in the evening.

  • Alloush Suleiman al-Subhi 15 years old killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected target
    ISIS
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–2

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the village or area of Al Ezba (العزبة). We have found an oil field of the same name towards the northeast of Deir Ezzor (دير الزور‎), for which the coordinates are: 35.366944, 40.345556. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • The oil fields of Al Ezba, northeast of Deir Ezzor city

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

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
  • Stated location
    in Al-Ezba, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFV222145
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Dec 5, 2019
  • Aug 22, 2020
  • Sept. 3, 2019, near Al Ezba, 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. 2777/CS1929 37SFV222145

  • September 3, 2019, in Al-Ezba, 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. 2777/CS1929 37SBV866787

Summary

  • Strike type
    Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected target
    ISIS
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–2

Sources (11) [ collapse]