Up to three civilians including a woman and her two children died in an airstrike on Qorya, according to local media. While most sources attributed the incident to the Coalition, two reports alleged that Russia carried out strikes in the area, leading to the injury of several non-combatants.
Euphrates Post and other sources blamed the Coalition and named the victims as Mrs Zilal Beshir Mohammed Al-Satam, 21-years-old, and her two children, Fahd and Ahmad Halul Al Hussein.
According to @MojazAlanba, two children died but their mother was wounded – again the source blamed the Coalition.
However, Khabarmasr reported that “two civilians were wounded by a Russian air strike on residential areas in the town of Qouriya in the eastern village of Deir al-Zour. The raid also resulted in material damage in the town”.
RFS Media Office also reported Russian raids on Qorya, but made no mention of civilian casualties.
In February 2019, the Coalition assessed this event to be non-credible. Their report noted: “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.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Zilal Beshir Mohammed Al-Satam 21 years old female Mother killed
- Fahd Ahmad Halul Al Hussein Child male Son killed
- Ahmad Halul Al Hussein Child male Son killed
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Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, 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.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Feb 28, 2019
May 29, 2017, near Quriyah, Syria, via Airwars report. 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
For May 28th-29th, the Coalition reported: “Near Dawr Az Zawr, seven strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed nine ISIS fuel trucks, five ISIS well heads, an ISIS oil still, a VBIED facility; and damaged an ISIS-held building.“