Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS281

Incident date

July 24, 2016

Location

منبج, Manbij, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.5269242, 37.9559288 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One or more civilian was killed and two injured in an alleged Coalition strike on the al Sarib neighbourhood of Manbij.

Local blogger Hathifa al Yaman Abu al Majd reported: “Saif the son of Moussa al Hamdoush died due to being hit by shrapnel from raids that targeted al Sarib neighbourhood with ten missiles, targeting the area around Bilal mosque and the area the day before yesterday. His brother Bahaa was injured as well as his brother in law Mohammad al Mozher, though they are now in a good condition.”

In a related post, Manbi Direct reported: “Violent clashes between SDF and Daesh in al Sarib neighborhood and al Rabita street in an attempt by the SDF to control Al Sarib neighborhood which is densely populated, yesterday the neighborhood was bombed by coalition aircraft which destroyed several houses.”

And Lens Young Manbij added its own detailed report: “The day before yesterday warplanes targeted Al Sarib neighbourhood at midnight with more than ten missiles around Bilal mosque. The raids targeted several empty houses but in the area there are some people including dead and wounded among them Saif Ibn Moussa al Hamdoush who died due to shrapnel wounded. It was difficult to move him to the hospital at night, as the battles are daily more intense at night between al Sarib and al Rabita neighbourhoods. The entire area is witnessing an advance of SDF at night and retreat by morning to the buildings in al Rabita street. People there have told us that around the mosque no one can leave their home after evening prayer due to the intensity of the clashes and the street to street fighting between the two sides. The brother of Saif Ibn Moussa, Bahaa, was injured as well as their brother-in-law Mohammad al Muzer and their condition is good.”

On March 10, 2022 in the CJTF-OIR Civilian Casualty Report, the Coalition reported this incident to be “non-credible”, stating that “After review of all available evidence it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Saif Moussa al Hamdoush (via Lens Young Manbij)

Geolocation notes

Coordinates released by the Coalition place the event at 36.52693, 37.95593  

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Open incident
  • Stated location
    near Manbij, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    1 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDA0652942902
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 10, 2022
  • July 24, 2016, near Manbij, Syria, via Airwars report. After review of all available evidence it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike. 3021/CS281 37SDA0652942902

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For July 23rd-24th 2016 the Coalition publicly reported that “Near Manbij, eight strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL command and control node.”

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]