As many as 12 civilians were killed – including an entire family – and up to 30 were injured, following airstrikes on Al Nakhtab, Bokros Foqani. Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame, some attributing blame to the Coalition, others to Russia and SOHR to the Syrian regime. A handful of sources blamed “unknown warplanes”. Airwars understands that the Coalition was not bombing in this territory at the time, while Russia and the regime reportedly were.
In what was described as a “massacre” by Radio Realz Free Radio, dozens were reported wounded, as well as the death of as many as three children, two women and a man. There were many critical cases of wounded civilians, meaning the death toll was likely to rise.
@EatingMyPeaz reported on the death of a “mother and her 12-hour old newborn” due to Russian airstrikes.
@MOAZALSHAMY reported that the military aircraft “targeted residential areas of the town”. Photographic evidence shows the destruction of properties, including the death of a cow near a home. Additionally, one source reported that four homes were totally destroyed, leaving nothing left.
Alhal reported that “The Russian warplane targeted for the second day in a row the village of Bqaras, with more than 13 raids, which resulted in the deaths of 10 civilians, including a whole family, and injuring more than 30 others”.
Euphrates Post reported that two of the casualties were displaced peoples, but did not specify who.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Hussein al-Hassan al-Mallah male killed
- Khalid al-Hussein Child male son of Hussein al-Hassan al-Mallah killed
- Asaad al-Hussein al-Mallah Age unknown male killed
Sources (34) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the village of Buqrus (بقرص), for which the coordinates are: 35.0573579, 40.4155234
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jun 28, 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
For September 30th-October 1st the Coalition reported “Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed an ISIS well head and engaged two tactical units. Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIS tactical vehicle.”