Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr058

Incident date

March 30, 2017

Location

الوضيع, Al Wade'a, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.713333, 46.011944 Note: The accuracy of this location is to District level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

District

Airwars assessment

Several sources reported that a US drone strike in Al Wade’a district, Abyan governorate, targeted the home of alleged AQAP leader Abu Ubaidah al-Damaji at around dawn on March 31st 2017. There were no known reports of civilian harm.

Sources indicated that it was unclear whether al-Damaji or any others died in the strike on his house, and other reports suggested that he died in another reported US strike, on the same night, against a vehicle in Bayda governorate.

It is possible that this strike was one of several that targeted the Al-Muhajjab area of Al Wade’a from March 30th to March 31st (see for example USYEMTr056).

According to @demolinari, residents reported that several of overnight strikes in Al Wade’a did not kill any AQAP militants, but did damage electrical lines.  Local sources told Aden al-Ghad that the last strike against al-Damaji resulted in an electrical blackout in Al Wade’a and the surrounding area.

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

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Multiple strikes reportedly targeted Al Wade'a, Abyan, overnight from March 30th to March 31st. Alleged images of strike damage were provided by one source, but it was unclear which specific strike allegation they pertained to. This picture, seemingly showing a destroyed building, could relate to this strike allegation (@demolinari, March 31st 2017)
  • Multiple strikes reportedly targeted Al Wade'a, Abyan, overnight from March 30th to March 31st. Alleged images of strike damage were provided by one source, but it was unclear which specific strike allegation they pertained to (@demolinari, March 31st 2017)
  • Multiple strikes reportedly targeted Al Wade'a, Abyan, overnight from March 30th to March 31st. Alleged images of strike damage were provided by one source, but it was unclear which specific strike allegation they pertained to (@demolinari, March 31st 2017)
  • Multiple strikes reportedly targeted Al Wade'a, Abyan, overnight from March 30th to March 31st. Alleged images of strike damage were provided by one source, but it was unclear which specific strike allegation they pertained to (@demolinari, March 31st 2017)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a strike on a village within the Al Wade’a (الوضيع) district, for which generic coordinates are: 13.713333, 46.011944. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention a strike on a village within the Al Wade'a (الوضيع) district.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

United States Armed Forces

The U.S. military conducted airstrikes over eastern Yemen during the weekend, targeting the sites of extremist group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, director of Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.

“We continue to target [al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula] in Yemen, and this is done in the interest of disrupting a terror organization that presents a very significant threat to the United States,” Davis said.

Strikes Target Terrorists

During the weekend in Yemen’s Shabwah governorate, the precision airstrikes targeted al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula terrorists, as well as the terrorists’ infrastructure, fighting positions and equipment, the spokesman said.

The airstrikes follow the late-January U.S. raid in Yemen during which a U.S. service member died. From Feb. 28 through last week, some 50 airstrikes were conducted, Davis noted.

The weekend airstrikes, which were largely unmanned, bring the total to 70, he said.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]