Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEM052-C

Incident date

March 18, 2012

Location

جعار, Ja'ar, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.223161, 45.305486 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported injured and eight militants were killed in alleged Yemeni or US airstrikes carried out on the city of Jaar on March 18th 2012, in the governorate of Abyan. According to an Associated Press (AP) report published in the Washington Times, the civilian was injured when a post office being used as a temporary hospital was hit during the airstrikes.

The airstrikes on Jaar were part of a series of other missile strikes carried out against Al Qaeda positions throughout the province of Abyan including strikes on Zinjibar, the capital city of the governorate.

One witness told Xinhua that several residential buildings were damaged in the airstrikes, including four houses in the centre of Jaar which were “demolished”. However, Al Arabiya reported that while civilians in the city of Jaar were forced to flee their homes, “there were no immediate reports of people killed.”

Whilst the airstrikes were initially reported as having been conducted by Yemeni aircraft, an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has cast doubt on this fact. The investigation found that the Yemeni Air Force (YAF) was decrepit and inadequate and “had not been functioning in ages” mainly due to endemic corruption, according to a Yemeni analyst. Additionally, at least one source, including a tweet from @sowtalthowra, referred to the strikes as coming from the sea, and we know there was reportedly at least one US warship in the region at the time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that a post office used as a hospital was targeted in the town of Ja’ar (جعار). Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location of this post office. The generic coordinates for the town of Ja’ar (جعار) are: 13.223161, 45.305486.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Naval bombardment
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    8

Sources (9) [ collapse]

US Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US Forces
  • US Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Naval bombardment
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    8

Sources (9) [ collapse]