Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2648

Incident date

October 19, 2017

Location

الباغوز, Al-Baghouz, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.43221, 40.99226 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

In what some sources referred to as “a massacre”, more than 36 civilians were reportedly killed and dozens more injured when an airstrike struck a river crossing at Al-Baghouz. Most sources blamed Russian warplanes however some either did not attribute blame or blamed “unidentified warplanes”.

As many as six families were identified by local media. Including the Al Nimr family (four killed), the Al Khanafra family (ten killed), Mohsen Mohammed Al-Mahrath’s family (allegedly as many as nine killed), Osama Mohammed Al-Mahrath’s family (allegedly as many as nine killed), Fleih Raja Al Dahouk’s family (four killed) and an unknown family.

As well as this, seven other civilians were named by various local media.

Padlf News reported that “port of Albuqamal al-Baghouz River” was the “targeted” vicinity. It was left rendered out of use due to the amount of material destruction.

Two families were killed in the raid, according to Bukmalna. Additionally, some of the “the martyrs [were] of Iraqi nationality”.

As well as the named victims below, Syrian Press Center News reported that, ten civilians from the Al Nimr family were killed and four people from the Al Khanafra family were killed in the raids. Syrian PPC also reported one unidentified member of the Dawood family.

Fjr albokamal also reported that Mohsen Mohammed Al-Mahrath and his family and Osama Mohammed Al-Mahrath and his family were killed, however the numbers were unspecific. Another source later specified that there were nine victims from the Al-Mahrath family.

There are 23 named victims from this strike, however that does not include the unspecified number of families who were allegedly killed. It is therefore likely that this number was higher.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 36
  • (2 children3 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Unknown

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • A victim of the airstrikes on Al-Baghouz river crossing, 19th October 2017. (via Nabd Al Boukamal)
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    A victim of the airstrikes on Al-Baghouz river crossing, 19th October 2017. (via Nabd Al Boukamal)
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    A victim of the airstrikes on Al-Baghouz river crossing, 19th October 2017. (via Nabd Al Boukamal)
  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Al-Baghouz river crossing, 19th October 2017. (via DeirEzzor24)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Unknown Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 36
  • (2 children3 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Unknown

Sources (18) [ collapse]