Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS858

Incident date

May 24, 2017

Location

ميادين, Al Mayadin, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.016667, 40.444167 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least 14 civilians, including four women and five children from entire families were killed in airstrikes targeting Al Mayadin, 45km southeast of Deir Ezzor city, according to local sources – though reports are conflicted as to whether the Coalition or the Assad regime or even Iraqi warplanes were responsible.

Ahmad al Shabli and the Syrian Observatory for Human rights alleged that the Coalition carried out the strikes, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights pointed at the Syrian government.

Euphrates Post said that it was not immediately clear who was to blame, however, it noted that the strikes targeted the same areas hit by the Coalition two days earlier.

According to Euphrates Post, there were three different raids which struck the Al Sina’a neighbourhood near the Al Sina’a school and hospital, Al Arbaeen Street (40th Street) and the Amer al Sayer building. RFS added that the industrial zone was struck.

DeirAlzorPN reported three Coalition strikes: “The first and second raids were between Al-Shaher Hospital and Dr. Nouri Al-Saeed Hospital in the market “Diwan Al-Waka’a. The third raid was next to the Zawak restaurant near the court.”

The Shaam News Network – also attributing the event to the Coalition – put the death toll at 14 with dozens more wounded.

Zaman ALwasl said that the warplanes responsible had not been identified but that they were believed to be Iraqi.

Euphrates Post listed the victims and mentioned an additional young girl of a displaced family from Deralzor city.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Hassan Hussein Al-Arouk
killed
Hossain Al-Hamad Al-Arouk
killed
Hamad Hussain Al-Arouk
killed
Lina Hussein Al – Arouk
female killed
Grandson of Hussein Al-Arouk
Child male killed

Family members (2)

Laith Abdel Salam Al Alousi
Adult male killed
The wife of Laith Al Alousi
Adult female killed

Family members (6)

Umm Khalif - Hanasha
Adult female Wife of Hassoun al-Ako killed
Wife of Khalef Fawzi al-Ako
Adult female killed
Mohammed Khalif Fawzi Al Ako
Child male killed
Wife of Fawaz al – Hassoun
Adult female killed
Daughter of Maher al-Hassoun al-Ako
Child female killed
Daughter of Fawzi al Hassoun al Ako
Child female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14
  • (5 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • r daughter of Maher al Hassoun al Ako, kille din an airstrike on Al Mayadin, May 24th (via Euphrates Post)
  • Mohammed al-Hamid al-Khalif from the town of Bqrass, one of the victims of the alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin (via Euphrates Post on May 30th 2017).
  • The baby of Mohammad Khalif Fawzi al Ako, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin (via Euphrates Post on May 25th, 2017).
  • Laith Abdel Salam al Alousi, one of the victims of the alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Mayadin (via Sharqiya Voice on May 24th, 2017).
CJTF–OIR Declassified Assessment and Press Release

Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.

The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.

Declassified Assessment Press Release

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 Al Mayadin, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SFU324762
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jan 25, 2018
  • After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For May 23rd-24th, the Coalition reported: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed eight ISIS oil stills and destroyed two ISIS oil truck.”
For May 24th-25th, the Coalition reported: "Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS barge."

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14
  • (5 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (30) [ collapse]