Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS318

Incident date

September 29, 2016

Location

حاجي كوسا, Haji Koussa, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.5563, 37.63915 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A woman and her three children were reported killed in an alleged Coalition or Russian strike at Haji Koussa, near Al Bab.

Blame was divided. Local Syran Civil Defence and Qasioun said Russia carried out the strike. Syrian News Desk blamed the Assad regime. Syrian Rebels Gathering said unidentified aircraft were responsible. And Radio Al Kul, Aleppo 24, Halab News, Al Jisr, Baladi News, the Syrian Network and Halab Today blamed the Coalition.

In their May 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition 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 local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Unknown

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Translation: a woman and her three children martyred in coalition raids on the village of Hajji Koussa in al Bab countryside eastern Aleppo.
  • Translation: A mother and her three children killed following the air raids on the village of Hajji Koussa in the eastern countryside (via SRG_Syria)
  • Translation: activists: a woman and her three children killed following coalition raids targeting the village of Hajji Koussa near al bab in the eastern Aleppo countryside.

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
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SCA782465
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • May 1, 2020
  • Sept. 29, 2016, in Haji Koussa, 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. 3054/CS318 37SCA782465

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For September 28th-29th 2016, the Coalition reported: “Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.“

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Unknown

Sources (14) [ collapse]