Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEM106-B

Incident date

June 17, 2012

Location

عزان, Azzan, Shabwa, Yemen

Geolocation

14.326170, 47.445905 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On June 17th 2012, an alleged airstrike or shelling by the US military or Yemen Air Force caused the death of up to nine civilians in the town of Azzan, Shabwa province. There are currently no known reports of injured.

The US news channel Fox News claimed that six Al Qaeda militants were killed in the strike which was part of an “offensive to rout Al Qaeda from its hideouts”. However, Twitter user @shabbirghewalla put the total death toll at nine, referring only to “Yemeni’s” as being killed and leaving it unclear how many civilians and militants were among the casualties.

Yemeni military officials assumed responsibility for the strike, Fox News reported. This was contested by @shabbirghewalla who reported that the US military was responsible for the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Azzan (عزان), for which the generic coordinates are: 14.326170, 47.445905. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 9
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Yemeni Air Force, US Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    6–9

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

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

US Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 9
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Yemeni Air Force, US Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    6–9

Sources (3) [ collapse]