Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr191

Incident date

March 25, 2019

Location

البيضاء, Al Bayda, Yemen

Geolocation

14.313489, 45.305892 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Province/governorate level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Province/governorate

Airwars assessment

A confirmed US airstrike took place in Bayda governorate on March 25th 2019, one of two on that day, a US Central Command spokesperson later told New America. According to a later CENTCOM press release, all US strikes in March 2019 targeted AQAP in Bayda governorate.

Multiple sources reported at the time that a drone, which many alleged to be American, had targeted pro-government forces in Hazmiyah district, Bayda, on that date. However this assignation of responsibility was contested, with both UAE and Houthi forces also blamed. Those reports are accounted for in event USYEMTr190.

Since there were no other known locally reported US strikes on March 25th, Airwars has created two separate US-declared events for March 25th – which are this incident, and USYEMTr192.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Sources variously alleged that the US, the UAE, and Houthi forces were responsible for one or more of the strikes (Yemen Shabab, March 25th 2019)
  • A drone, which some alleged to be American, reportedly targeted pro-government forces in Hazmiyah, Bayda (Aden Gad, March 25th 2019)
  • Five government soldiers were reportedly killed in the course of strikes in Hazmiyah, Bayda, though responsibility for their deaths was variously attributed to the US, the UAE, and Houthi forces (Almarsd Post, March 25th 2019)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Al Bayda (البيضاء) governorate. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Bayda governorate are: 14.313489, 45.305892.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Al Bayda (البيضاء) governorate.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

United States Armed Forces

Our Yemen strikes data has been updated for individualized dates after CENTCOM responded to an inquiry on the eight strikes in 2019. Strikes were as follows: 1/1, 1/21, 3/25, 3/25, 3/26, 3/28, 3/29, and 3/29. All but 1/1 in al Bayda'

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Sources (30) [ collapse]