Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr082

Incident date

April 30, 2017

Location

المدارة, Al Madara, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.8749, 46.0918 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A US drone strike reportedly targeted alleged AQAP militants near Al Madara village, in the Mudiyah district of Abyan governorate, late on April 30th 2017. There were no known associated reports of civilian harm.

Multiple social-media sources, including @WeenAlEnfigar and @BaFana3, reported that US drones were seen flying in the area at the time, and that a “large explosion” was heard in the east of the district.

Twitter user @demolinari specified that the strike targeted AQAP near Al-Madara: “US drones flying regularly over central #Abyan launched a strike on #AQAP near Al-Madara village south of #Mudiyah town. #SouthYemen #Yemen”.

The incident occured during the night.

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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Madara (المدارة), south of Mudiyah (موديه) town, for which the generic coordinates are: 13.8749, 46.0918. 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
    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 (7) [ collapse]