Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS538

Incident date

February 26, 2017

Location

المقطاع / المقطع, Makta'a Hajar, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

One child died in an airstrike on Makta’a Hajar in Manbij, according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether the US-led Coalition or the Assad regime was responsible.

The Violations Documentation Center named a child, Fatima Mohammad al Hamada, as a victim of coalition raids in Manbij. According to the activist, Razona, “Dr. Mohammad al Hamada went to tend to the wounded only to find his daughter Fatima who he hadn’t seen in 9 months dead. It happened and it happens in Syria.” Aleppo 24 also pointed towards the Coalition. However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, who also named 11-year-old Fatima, said that she was killed in “regime shelling”.

Moua’th also blamed the regime for her death.

Manbij Direct added some more detail, reporting that Fatima was “killed while she was going to Manbij with her family [being smuggled out] in an air raid near al Mikta’a village. The raid happened about an hour and a half ago. [would be around 7:30 pm].” The source didn’t identify the culprit.

Al Quds al Arabi blamed the regime for the girl’s death, and provided considerable background information: “The doctor and poet Mohammed Hamada, who has worked in a number of field hospitals in the countryside of Aleppo, and has played a prominent role in the treatment of victims of bombing in the towns and the countryside in Aleppo over six years, received a call to join one of the hospitals in the countryside of Manbej, after bombing was carried out by the Syrian regime aircraft. He was surprised that the girl in question was his daughter Fatima.

“The doctor’s family lives in Abu Kahalf, south of Manbej, which is controlled by the organization [Islamic state]. The doctor had left the town many months ago, and it seems that the family decided to get out of the town and go to areas outside the control of the organization. According to locals, regime planes launched raids near the town of Makta’a Hajar while the family was passing by there – this led to the injury of the child, and then to her death, after attempts to save her had failed.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Fatima Mohammad Ibrahim al Hamada (via SNHR)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The Coalition did not publicly report any strikes nears Manbij for February 24th-26th.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]