Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr173

Incident date

July 6, 2018

Location

بيحان, Baihan, Shabwa, Yemen

Geolocation

14.774219, 45.735397 Note: The accuracy of this location is to District level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

District

Airwars assessment

Up to seven alleged AQAP militants were reportedly killed by a US drone strike in the Baihan district of Shabwa governorate, on July 6th 2018. There were no known associated reports of civilian harm.

A security official told AFP that a US drone had targeted a car driving along a side road in the area, killing seven suspected AQAP fighters. Tribal and local leaders reported the same, according to Associated Press, @horoofonline, and others. Twitter user @aseel_sarih, however, indicated that the strike had killed five.

It is possible that some listed sources instead referred to an earlier alleged US drone strike on July 4th 2018, also in Shabwa (USYEMTr172).

However, US Central Command told the Bureau of Investigative Journalism on July 11th that it had not conducted any strikes in Yemen so far in that month. And in an August 30th press release of recent actions in Yemen, CENTCOM made no mention of this date. This does not preclude either a CIA action, or a strike by the Saudi-led Coalition.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

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)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    5–7

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the Baihan (بيحان) district, within the Shabwa (شبوة) province. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Baihan are: 14.774219, 45.735397.

  • Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the Baihan (بيحان) district, within the Shabwa (شبوة) province.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

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)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    5–7

Sources (14) [ collapse]