Between one and three civilians died in a Coalition airstrike on Abu al Naital, local media reported.
In September 2019 the Coalition accepted responsibility for this incident. Their monthly civilian casualty report noted: “Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike against a Daesh facility. Regrettably, one civilian was unintentionally killed as a result of the strike.” The United States later claimed responsibility for the action.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “warplanes believed to belong to the international coalition bombed places in the village of Abu al-Nitel in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor and targeted oil burners, destroying a large number of them, killing a man and injuring others. The warplanes also targeted places in al-Sor area, but there is no information about causalities so far”
However, multiple sources named a male as a victim of a Coalition strike on “oil burners” (primitive refineries in the area. DeiralzuPN added that Al Qubaisi’s son was also seriously wounded in the raid.
Qasioun put the death toll higher, at three (with others wounded) – and also blamed the Coalition.
In May 2020, in its annual civilian harm report to Congress, the Pentagon declared this to have been a US action.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Mohamamd Al Qubaisi Age unknown male killed
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Prior to the Coalition releasing the MGRS for this incident, Airwars had geolocated it to the nearest neighbourhood/area at 35.458889, 40.677222
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Sep 29, 2019
June 4, 2017, in Abu al Naital, Syria, via Airwars report. Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike against a Daesh facility. Regrettably, one civilian was unintentionally killed as a result of the strike.
May 6, 2020
Since last year’s Section 1057 report, CJTF-OIR assessed that an additional 21 reports of civilian casualties during 2017 were credible, with approximately 71 civilians killed and approximately 13 civilians injured as result of U.S. military operations. With these additional assessments, CJTF-OIR assessed that a total number of 191 reports of civilian casualties during 2017 were credible, with approximately 864 civilians killed and approximately 219 civilians injured. 4-Jun-17 Abu al Naital, Syria Air 0 civilians injured 1 civilian killed
Original strike reports
For June 4th-5th: “Near Dayr Az Zawr, six strikes destroyed 90 ISIS oil barrels, 10 ISIS oil refinery stills, five vehicles, four ISIS oil separation tanks and three ISIS well heads.”