Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr085

Incident date

May 23, 2017

Location

البديع, Al Buday, Bayda, Yemen

Geolocation

14.43565, 45.18276 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

US airstrikes reportedly targeted alleged AQAP militants in the Badi Al Awad district of Bayda governorate at around 3am on May 23rd 2017. There were no known associated reports of civilian harm.

Several sources, including Yemeni security officials spoken with by the Associated Press, suggested that actions by US drones and helicopter gunships took place in the area, with some indicating that multiple “residential” houses were burned or destroyed in the strikes. Some local language social-media sources, including @shfinews, mentioned four “raids” in the area.

Some sources including Sky News Arabia reported that the strikes took place at around 3am in the morning. One local language Twitter source reported on May 23rd that a drone strike in Al Bayda had killed two AQAP leaders, though the exact location, timing, and alleged belligerent of that alleged strike was unclear. Another Twitter source. @FuadRajeh, suggested that “no casualties were reported from raids in Bayda”. Airwars has therefore assessed that between zero and two militants were reportedly killed in this strike.

According to Al Khabar Now, there were unconfirmed reports that strikes were followed by a troop landing. “Clashes” in Bayda were also mentioned by sources cited in reporting by Akhbaralaan, as well as some local-language social-media sources. It is possible that these reports instead reflected a confirmed US special forces operation in Marib at around the same time (USYEMTr084-C).

The incident occured at 3:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground), 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)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–2

Sources (38) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Buday (البديع), within the area occupied by the Al Awad (آل عواض) tribe, for which the generic coordinates are: 14.43565, 45.18276. 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, Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground), 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)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–2

Sources (38) [ collapse]