Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISY002

Incident date

August 12, 2019

Location

قاعدة الصقر, Al Saqar camp, South of Baghdad, Iraq

Geolocation

33.211872, 44.370779 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local sources published conflicting reports about an explosion of what might have been a weapons depot in Baghdad on the evening of August 12th. While no armed forces claimed responsibility, Israel was reported as the possible culprit. Israel, in turn, claimed that Iran has begun to reinforce armed militias in Iraq as a result of increased attacks against its targets in Syria.

Arab 48 claimed that the targeted base belonged to the militia “Popular Mobilization” and included a missile storage. The source noted that media close to the Popular Mobilization militia claimed that the attack was carried out with surface-to-surface missiles, while Israel claimed that the attack was carried out with planes.

According to Masrawy News, who referred to the location as Camp Falcon, the explosion killed on person and wounded 28 others. A security source told Masrawy News that it was suspected that the explosion was indeed caused by Israeli shelling. The source added that the Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called for a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident.

Aljazeera News also reported that the explosion of what it called “Al Saqr camp” was caused by shelling from outside of the camp, which the source claimed houses four headquarteres of the “Popular Mobilization Brigades” including the Badr Organization, Jund al-Imam and Sayyed al-Shuhada Brigades. The source also claimed that a person was killed but reported that a total of 30 others were wounded.

According to Aljazeera, other sources claimed the explosion was caused by an aerial bombardment of an unknown aircraft and added that “security sources and eyewitnesses said that an unidentified aircraft carried out more than a strike on weapons stores inside the camp. The same sources ruled out that the explosion was caused by a technical fault occurred inside the stores, which used to contain large quantities of missiles and bombs belonging to factions of the Popular Mobilization, and the volatility led to the casualties mentioned.”

 

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    28–30
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • An explosion at the al-Saqr camp south of Baghdad in the evening of August 12th (via Aljazeera News).
  • An explosion at the al-Saqr camp south of Baghdad in the evening of August 12th (via Aljazeera News).

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention Al Saqar Base (قاعدة الصقر), for which the generic coordinates are: 33.211872, 44.370779. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    28–30
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]