Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS217

Incident date

May 27, 2016

Location

كلجبرين, Kaljibrin, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.5359847, 37.1173525 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A fierce battle for the town of Kaljibrin left up to 39 civilians dead – with both Daesh and the Coalition blamed for the fatalities.

So-called Islamic State launched a major assault on Kaljibrin, later releasing a video in which it boasted of capturing weapons there. However Coaltion aircraft then reportedly struck at Daesh forces in the town, also hitting residential areas.

Local source Abu Firas al Halabi reported that “16 martyrs occurred including women and children in the village of Kaljabreen, northern Aleppo, after it was targeted by rockets by Daesh yesterday evening and this morning before it gained control of it.”

However, others reported that Coalition airstrikes then killed up to 39 civilians, “most of them women and children.”

A report from the Syrian Observatory later noted: “Casualties have risen since yesterday in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Mare’ and Kaljibrin to at least 68 dead, including 41 or more fighters from rebel and Islamic Factions killed in shellings, bombings and clashes against so-called Islamic State; as well as 27 civilian citizens – including 7 children at least and 5 women – were killed during the military operations which took place in the town of Kaljibrin north of Mare’ city. The fate of another 10 people is still unknown. It is unclear whether they were killed, or were able to flee to areas nearby.”

In a video, Halab Today TV reported testimony from an eye witness (at 0’21”): “on Thursday 26/5/2016 we woke up to noises of clashes in the village which was taking place between IS and the FSA which led to IS gaining control of the village completely.. The next morning coalition planes launched a raid on the village which led to the death of more than 50 martyrs, all of them civilians and most of them women and children and men.”

And then at 1’14”: “after IS withdrew from the village, Russian planes also launched a raid on the village which killed one child and injured two others“.

Syrian Network also blamed the Coalition, citing its own eyewitness: “We were at the cemetery burying the young man who is the son of Ali Marndi where he was killed by ISIS’s bullets when international coalition forces warplanes fired three missiles. One of the missiles fell a few meters away from me. I felt the big explosion of the missile and then headed home which is located 50 meters away from the cemetery to find that it was reduced to ruins over the dead bodies of my family. I pulled out three of my nephews and was able to rescue them. I also was able to save two of my sisters, but I lost my dad and 11 others of my family including children. Also, the head of the village council was killed, and his name was Faraj Shikhou.” The Network has named the following 28 fatalities

In its August 2017 monthly report, the Coalition said it had classed the event as non credible based on insufficient evidence of civilian harm: “May 27, 2016, near Khan Jibran, Syria, via Airwars report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    28 – 65
  • (18–21 children4 women6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (15) [ collapse]

  • Destruction at Kaljibrin following a reported Coalition strike (via Syrian Network for Human Rights)
  • Translation: Coalition planes bomb now Kafr Kalbain and Kaljabreen.
  • Translation: Coalition planes now bomb the village of Kafr Kalbain and Kaljabreen even though civilians are until now stuck inside the two villages.
  • Translation: 16 martyrs including women and children in the village of Kaljabreen northern Aleppo after it was targeted by rockets by Daesh yesterday evening and this morning before it gained control of it.
  • Translation: Coalition planes commit a terrible massacre in the village of Kaljabreen in northern Aleppo countryside killing 39 martyrs most of them women and children.
  • Translation: 39 civilian martyrs in Kaljabreen in the Aleppo countryside a result of an indiscriminate attack by Daesh and international coalition raids.
  • Pictures showing the destruction that resulted from the bombardment (via SNHR)
  • Pictures showing the destruction that resulted from the bombardment (via SNHR)
  • Pictures showing the destruction that resulted from the bombardment (via SNHR)
  • Pictures showing the destruction that resulted from the bombardment (via SNHR)
  • Pictures showing the destruction that resulted from the bombardment (via SNHR)
  • Pictures showing the destruction that resulted from the bombardment (via SNHR)
  • Pictures showing the destruction that resulted from the bombardment (via SNHR)
  • Pictures showing the destruction that resulted from the bombardment (via SNHR)

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
    Insufficient evidence of civilian harm
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Khan Jibran, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    1 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SCA3176045088
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Aug 4, 2017
  • After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The Coalition reports for May 27th-28th 2016 that “Near Mar’a, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    28 – 65
  • (18–21 children4 women6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]