Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2610

Incident date

October 7, 2017

Location

العشارة, Al-A'shara, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.92, 40.56 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

At least three and as many as 30 civilians, including one child and woman, were killed in alleged Russian or Assad regime airstrikes on the town of Al-A’shara, Deir Ezzor, located media said.

Several sources reported the death of three named civilians, one child and two adult siblings, one man and one woman.

Multiple other sources reported that the airstrikes had hit an ISIS-controlled prison, consequently killing at least 30 of the detainees.

According to @AlSharqia24, the strikes hit residential areas “on the town of Al-Ashara near Al Raiss Cafe.”

Additionally, Step News Agency, who reported “heavy shelling by the Russian airplanes”, said that there were “no reports of damage.”

All the sources who reported about the shelling of the prison attributed blame to Russia. Meanwhile, the sources reporting about the death of the siblings and child, conflict as to whether Russia or the Syrian was behind. Most point to Russia while the Syrian Network for Human Rights blame the Syrian regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 30
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Footage from the moment the contested airstrike hit Al-A'shara, Deir Ezzor, October 7th 2017 (via DeirEzzor24)
  • Elias Khader Al-Awad, one of the victims of the contested airstrikes in Al-A'shara, Deir Ezzor, October 7th 2017 (via Marsad Al Hasakat)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any strikes between October 1st - 31st 2017.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 30
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]