Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS289

Incident date

August 7, 2016

Location

التنك, Al Tanak oil field, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

34.9109917, 40.836525 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

At least two civilian fuel truck drivers were reported killed and injured following a strike at Al Tank. The Coalition has confirmed destroying 83 oil tankers that day.

Deir Ezzor 24 reported that civilians were killed and wounded when eight oil tankers were burnt in a Coalition raid.

The Syrian Observatory said, “Warplanes believed to be for the International Coalition targeted areas in al-Tank oil field in the desert of Deir Ezzor, which resulted in the death and injury of several people and also killed several members from the “Islamic State”, in addition to the outbreak of fire in the fuel tankers at the area.”

Local Syria Civil Defence said eight vehicles were destroyed at al Tank.

According to Al Hal, “7 civilian workers were killed and others wounded including machinery drivers following the targeting of coalition planes al Tank oil field in the eastern countryside yesterday evening. 6 oil tankers were also burnt.”

Airwars flagged the incident to the UK’s MoD, which said ” we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the event. However given that the MoD states it explicitly targeted tankers in the vicinity, we have asked for further clarification.

In their monthly civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition has indicated that the credibility of this civilian harm allegation is in the process of being assessed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (2) [ collapse]

  • Translation: civilian martyrs and wounded including truck drivers following coalition raids on al Tank oil field as well as 8 oil tankers burnt.
  • Translation: Several raids launched by coalition planes on al Tank oil field and several tankers burnt.

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Open incident
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For August 7th-8th 2016, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed 83 ISIL oil tankers.”

United Kingdom
  • English
    /
    Original

‘Sunday 7 August – Tornados destroyed a number of Daesh tankers in a Syrian oilfield. Typhoons and a Reaper provided further close air support near Qayyarah in northern Iraq…Daesh were observed to be attempting to extract oil from one of the eastern Syrian oilfields which had been successfully targeted by previous coalition air strikes earlier this year. On Sunday 7 August, two Tornados attacked a convoy of tankers north of Abu Kamal. Four Paveway IVs and four Brimstone missiles accounted for a number of vehicles, denying the terrorists the oil revenue they desperately seek.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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]