Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS348

Incident date

October 24, 2016

Location

تل أسود, Tall Aswad, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.29197, 37.98854 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Manbij Mother of All the World initially reported what it said were Coalition strikes on Tal Aswad, targeting a reservoir. In a subsequent report, it said a “massacre” had been committed “against two familes as a result of wrong information from the Kurdish units in the village.” It named four victims.

A report by the Military Committee for Manbij noted that strikes in Tal Aswad had “killed dozens” of members of IS.

The Syrian Netowrk reported three civilians had died “due to International Coalition warplanes” firing missiles on Tal Aswad. Subsequent reports, however, put the toll higher: Baladi Network reported 4 civilians “martyred in international coalition raids”; Aleppo 24 put the toll at 5 civilians killed, including three girls. Halab Today also reported at least 5 victims, including three girls, and identified Dr. al Abd as a veterinarian. The latest post by Manbij Mother of All the World put the total number of dead and injured at 10. The Manbij Documentation Agency reported “7 martyrs.”

However, additional reporting by the Syrian Observatory put the death toll at 5; Halab Today TV said that all three girls were the daughters of Khalaf af Farhan.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (7)

  • Dr. Mahmoud al Mustapha al Abd 31 years years old male Veterinarian killed
  • Osama al Mustapha al Abd 21 years years old male killed
  • Dr. Mahmoud's sister Age unknown female injured
  • Abboud al Mustapha al Abd Age unknown male injured
  • Abboud al Mustapha al Abd's wife Age unknown female injured
  • Osama Mustapha al Abd 15 years years old male killed
  • Mustapha Mahmoud al Abd 37 years years old male killed

Family members (2)

  • Khalaf al Farhan's daughter Age unknown female killed
  • Khalaf al Farhan's daughter Age unknown female One of her feet was amputated as a result of the bombing injured
  • Mostapha al Mahmoud 4 years years old male killed
  • Mahmoud al Yasin al Dalik's wife Age unknown female Died November 24th of wounds sustained in attack killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (3–5 children1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Translation: at least five people killed including a vet and three girls after coalition planes raided the village of Tal Aswad south of Manbij in the Aleppo countryside
  • One of the victims of the air strike (via Manbij mother of all the world)

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 Tal Aswad, 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 23rd-24th, the Coalition reported “Near Manbij, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle.” For October 24th-25th, the Coalition reported “Near Mar’a, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two fighting positions, a mortar system, and a vehicle.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (3–5 children1 woman3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]