Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2675

Incident date

November 4, 2017

Location

البوكمال, Abo Kamal, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.466049, 40.907593 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

A civilian was killed and many more were wounded following an alleged Russian raid on Abu Kamal, according to local media. Sources all blamed Russia for the strikes.

Al Mayadeen News reported that “The Russian Defense Ministry announced that a group of aircraft “To-22 M3” of the Russian air force struck the sites of the organisation “Daash” in the area of ​​Albuqmal in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour. MOSCOW – A group of Russian air force T-22M3 aircraft on Saturday fired blows at the Da’ash site in the Al-Boukamal area of ​​the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, the Russian Defence Ministry said.”

It also added that, “Long-range T-22M3 bombers, after taking off from Russian territory and flying through the airspace of Iraq and Iran, launched a massive air strike at terrorist sites in the area of ​​the town of Albuqamal in Deir al-Zour,” the ministry said in a statement. The targets hit were weapons depots and ammunition belonging to terrorists, as well as command centres for formative groups.”

According to @EuphratsPost, this was the firth day in a row that “Russian strategic bombers targeted the city of Albu Kamal and its countryside”.

The Russian Department of Defence released a press release on the same day, November 4th, confirming the strike.

In addition, the strike reportedly occurred in the morning.

Sources claim there were dozens or dead and wounded, however it is more likely this is an overall figure from the daily strikes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • The moment airstrikes hit Abo Kamal, 4th November 2017. (via Al Mayadeen)
  • Propagandist footage of "Long-range T-22M3 bombers, after taking off from Russian territory and flying through the airspace of Iraq and Iran, launched a massive air strike at terrorist sites in the area of ​​the town of Albuqamal in Deir al-Zour". (via Syrian news center)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

"On November 4, the Tu-22M3 scrambled from Russian airfield, flew over Iraq and Iran and delivered an air strike on terrorists' objects near Abu Kamal in Deir ez-Zor province.

The Su-30SM fighters covered the Russian long-range aircraft.

The strike targeted armament and ammunition depots, and ISIS command centres.

The objective control has confirmed all the targets to have been engaged.

Having accomplished the combat mission, all the Russian aircraft returned back to home station."

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]