Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr054

Incident date

March 30–31, 2017

Location

حناذ, Hanad, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.4720871, 46.6633046 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Some sources reported that US naval strikes targeted alleged AQAP targets in Hanad, in the Ahwar region of Abyan governorate, overnight from March 30th to March 31st.  There were no known reports of civilian or militant harm.

Multiple sources indicated that fire from warships off the Abyan coast also targeted various AQAP sites in the mountainous Al Maraqisha area, including Mojan and Al Maroun, from March 29th to March 31st. Images of alleged US illumination shells were posted on social media the day after reported overnight March 29th to March 30th strikes.

This claimed event took place amid a dramatic intensification of US operations against AQAP in March 2017. On April 3rd, Pentagon spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis said that, from February 28th to the final week of March, some fifty US airstrikes were conducted in Yemen.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Naval bombardment
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Hanad (حناذ), for which the coordinates are: 13.4720871, 46.6633046. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United States Armed Forces
  • United States Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Naval bombardment
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Sources (8) [ collapse]