Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEMTr202

Incident date

July 8, 2019

Location

مريب, Ma'rib, Yemen

Geolocation

15.469871, 45.323441 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

One Telegram source, Mutabaa Akhbariya, reported that a US drone strike targeted alleged AQAP ammunition and weapon stores in Marib city, in Marib governorate, on the evening of July 8th 2019. There were no known associated reports of civilian harm.

Mutabaa Akhbariya stated that, according to “intelligence sources”, six people were killed and twelve wounded in the strikes, which he claimed had led to the explosion of warehouses contained heavy weapons ammunition.

@NewsyemenS also reported that a weapons shop in Marib city exploded on July 8th, causing explosions in nearby shops, but did not assign responsibility to US strikes. A local source told @NewsyemenS that at least one person had died and that two had been injured.

No other known sources reported an explosion, and there were no other known reports of US drone strikes at the time. This event has therefore been assessed as a single source allegation.

US Central Command told Airwars that there were no US military strikes in Yemen during July 2019. It is, however, possible that any undeclared strike was conducted by the CIA, or was part of a clandestine US military action.

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • 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
    1–6
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2–12

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • @NewsyemenS reported that an ammunition shop in Marib had exploded; one source assigned responsibility to a US drone strike (@NewsyemenS, July 9th 2019)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention an ammunition depot being struck in the city of Ma’rib (مريب). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Ma’rib are: 15.469871, 45.323441.

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

CENTCOM told Airwars that there were no US military strikes during the month of July in Yemen. The last declared US action was on June 24th in Al Bayda province.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • 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
    1–6
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2–12

Sources (4) [ collapse]