Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS329

Incident date

October 6, 2016

Location

جسر السياسية, Al Siassah Bridge [exact location], Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.3416472, 40.1565796 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

One civilian was killed when warplanes bombed Al Siassah bridge over the Euphrates river in Deir Ez-Zawr, it was widely claimed.

Reports cited both Coalition and Russian forces, although CENTCOM reported the destruction of two supply routes in Deir Ezzor for October 5th-6th.

Sham News Network reported that “Russian planes bombed al Siassah bridge, which leads to the city of Deir Ezzor.” It cited activists who said the raids destroyed part of the bridge, causing cars to fall into the Euphrates river, killing one person and leaving several civilians wounded.

Local sources reported that Subhi al Souweij (aka Subhi al A’kla) was killed in Russian Strikes on the bridge. Other reports, including from ARA News and Radio al Kul News, also blamed Russian sorties for the bombing of the bridge, which reportedly had been targeted for several days. ISIL’s media arm Al A’maq published a video of the bridge, showing part of it destroyed. It also attributed the airstrike to Russia, but did not mention any civilian casualties.

However, Step News Agency reported that “warplanes believed to belong to the international Coalition” targeted al Siassah bridge.

All4Syria blamed yet another party – “regime fighter jets” – for putting the bridge out of service, which it described as a “vital artery” to Deir Ezzor city.

Given reported British actions in the area that day, 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 the limited information given by the MoD on its strikes in Syria that day, Airwars has requested further clarification.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Subhi al Huweij Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Subhi al A’kla otherwise known as Subhi al Huweij killed in the air raid that targeted al Siassa bridge (via Deir Ezzor and Raqqa legal network).

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
    near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Aug 4, 2017
  • After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area of the reported civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For October 5th-6th CENTCOM reported “Near Dayr az Zawr, two strikes destroyed an ISIL oil well head and damaged two supply routes.”

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]