Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEM099-B

Incident date

June 7, 2012

Location

جعار, Desert road between Ja'ar and Zinjibar, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.164411, 45.337337 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Subdistrict level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On June 7th 2012, there were reports that Yemeni or US warplanes conducted an airstrike against a vehicle carrying suspected Al Qaeda militants on the desert road between Ja’ar and Zinjibar in Abyan province. According to anonymous officials and an anonymous military source speaking to local and international media, three to five of the passengers were killed and up to three other suspected militants were injured.

Nashwan news quoted a military source claiming that five suspected Al Qaeda militants were killed and three injured in the airstrike. They also cited another source said that the strike “was carried out on a site where the terrorists are located in Jabal Sarar in the Darajaj area, east of Jaar, where a car was destroyed and burned, and the terrorists were killed, and a mortar cannon was destroyed in the same place”. It is unclear if this report documents  a separate incident, as it mentions east of Jaar rather than between Jaar and Zinjibar.

Witnesses speaking to Xinhua described the vehicle as a pick up truck that was hit as it passed through a desert road between Jaar and Zinjibar. “The Al Qaeda vehicle was loaded with heavy weapons before it was bombed, causing a huge explosion at the area,” the witnesses told Xinhua.

Xinhua and Nashwan News attributed the airstrikes to the Yemeni military. However, the Yemeni Air Force reportedly lacked the capability to hit moving vehicles at this time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a desert road between Ja’ar (جعار) and Zinjibar (زنجبار‎) in the province Abyan (أبين‎). The generic coordinates for the middle point of the road between Ja’ar (جعار) and Zinjibar (زنجبار‎) are: 13.164411, 45.337337. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to further verify the location.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3–5
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3

Sources (5) [ 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, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3–5
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3

Sources (5) [ collapse]