Reported civilian and ‘friendly fire’ deaths from Coalition airstrikes January-February 2018

Written by Airwars Staff on January 15, 2018


Our reports for all civilian casualty allegations prior to January 2018 can be found here

Listed below are all known reports for January and February 2018 – via generally credible sources unless otherwise indicated – of non-combatant and ‘friendly fire’ deaths allegedly caused by the US-led Coalition in Iraq and Syria.

We include locations, dates and reported casualty numbers, as well as the names of victims where known. Also cross-referenced are any known US or allied airstrikes or artillery strikes in the vicinity – and any Coalition response to a reported incident. Some photos have been masked because of their graphic content. Masks will disappear when your cursor is placed over them. We explain our grading system here.

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Syrian Network for Human Rights
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Syria Violations Documentation Center
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently
Iraq Body Count
UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI)
Bellingcat (geolocation of strikes)

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January 2018

January 5th-7th 2018 [precise date of strike unknown]: (S1506) الجرذي al Jarthi, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
On January 8th, Euphrates Post reported “the martyrdom of Khalid al-Turkawi, a displaced man from Homs governorate, from wounds he sustained as a result of a military air strike targeting his car during the attack on the town of al-Jarthi.”
The victim was also named by Syrian Human Rights Committee who also blamed “a military air strike” on his car. Baladi said on January 8th the attack occurred “several days ago” suggesting that any airstrike was the work of the Coalition.
The SDF announced via Twitter on January 8th that it had liberated al Jarthi from ISIS.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured:
unknown
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic], [Archived], SDF forces on twitter [Arabic], [Archived], Baladi [Arabic], [Archived], Radio Alkul [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) [Arabic], [Archived],

Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For January 5th-8th the Coalition reported the following:

On Jan. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three fighting positions and two ISIS supply routes.
On Jan. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS supply route, a VBIED, an ISIS observation post, two fighting positions and an ISIS vehicle.
On Jan. 7 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, 17 strikes engaged 13 ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS headquarters, three logistics centers, two ISIS command and control centers, two fighting positions, two VBIED factories and two ISIS vehicles.
Both the UK and the Netherlands have reported that they conducted strikes in the vicinity of Abu Kamal in the first week of January 2018. 

Khalid al-Turkawi, killed in an airstrike on al Jarthi (via Euphrates Post)

 

January 10th 2018: (S1508) غرانيج Granij, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
Between 2 and 20 civilians were said to have died in alleged Coalition airstrikes on Granij, according to some local media. The high end claim appeared to have originated with ISIS.
According to Euphrates Post, “a number of civilians were killed as a result of air strikes likely to belong to the International Alliance aimed at the town of Granage this afternoon.”

Smart News reported that “the Syrian Democratic Forces are trying to complete their control of the city of Granij (90 km east of the town of Deir al-Zour), north-east of Syria. Activists reported heavy clashes with IS.”
According to the Step News Agency, “on the tenth of this month, at least 20 people were killed by coalition bombing of the town of Granji” – though the source provided no further details.
Montaked, who appears to be an activist, also put the claimed death toll at 20 with 30 others wounded, blaming Coalition warplanes. However, a reply to Montaked’s tweet by an account called ‘The Pride of Shaetat’ [an area in Deir Ezzor] denies the news, saying that no civilians were killed. Damascus News Network also denied reports of civilian casualties, saying that “no air operations had been seen”.
Baladi, however, also reported a death toll of 20 with 30 more injured in Coalition strikes – saying the claim had originated with ISIS. Qasioun said there had been fatalities “likely” caused by the alliance in Granij.
Civilians reported killed: 2-20
Civilians reported injured:
30
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic], [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic], [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Montaked [Arabic], [Archived], Damascus News Network [Arabic], [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic], [Archived], Qasioun [Arabic], [Archived], 

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: On January 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, 26 strikes engaged 25 ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, a fighting position and a logistics center.”

On January 10th-11th: “Near Abu Kamal, 19 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS supply route, four ISIS vehicles, three control and command centers, a recoilless rifle, two logistics centers, an indirect fire weapon and a VBIED.”
The UK has reported that it was active in the vicinity of Abu Kamal between Monday 8th and Sunday 14th January.

 

January 10th 2018: (S1509) السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
Several civilians were killed and injured in alleged Coalition airstrikes on al Soussa, local media noted.
According to Euphrates Post, “The daughter of Jassem al-Aziz was injured as a result of air strikes targeting one of the orchards in the town of al Soussa yesterday [January 10th].” Euphrates Post didn’t identify the culprit, though Qasioun pointed to the Coalition.
Damascus News Network reported that “a
 number of civilians were martyred and wounded by a US-led International Alliance airliner in strikes on the village of al-Sousse in the eastern suburb of Deir al-Zour.”

Civilians reported killed: 1-2 or more
Civilians reported injured:
1-2 or more
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic], [Archived], Damascus News Network [Arabic], [Archived], Qasioun [Arabic], [Archived], 

Quality of reporting: Fair reports of injuries, though single source claim for fatalities
Coalition position: On January 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, 26 strikes engaged 25 ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, a fighting position and a logistics center.”

On January 10th-11th: “Near Abu Kamal, 19 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS supply route, four ISIS vehicles, three control and command centers, a recoilless rifle, two logistics centers, an indirect fire weapon and a VBIED.”
The UK has reported that it was active in the vicinity of Abu Kamal between Monday 8th and Sunday 14th January.

 

January 10th 2018: (S1510) البوكمال Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
According to Lawhat Bukmalna, “Coalition air strikes targeted several positions of Iranian groups in the city of Abu Kamal. There were reports of civilian deaths”.
Lawhat Bukmalna went on to report that the following sites were struck:
Near al Hajana

Near the school of Zeinab
The Tuweiba area
The Mosque of al Mustafa
The area of Dbei’aa
Al Hamdan, al Ghabra and al Sayyal.
The following were listed as killed: “the family of Abdul Razzaq Al Mulla Rashid. More than 30 dead from  Assad and Shiite militias”. The same family was named by Souriyati, which attributed their deaths to the Coalition.The source reported: “Coalition aircraft shelled Iranian positions located inside and around the city of Albu Kamal 10/01/2018. We learned from sources in the vicinity of Albuqmal that the US-led coalition aircraft dropped leaflets demanding the forces of Hezbollah and Shiite militias leave the border crossing within a few days or else it will be subjected unprecedented shelling and annihilation”. It went on to report “bombing of several Iranian posiitons located in the city of Abu Kamal and its countryside”.
Baladi also said “a whole family” was killed by the Coalition, as did Al Jisr TV

Civilians reported killed: 4 or more
Civilians reported injured:
unknown
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic], [Archived], Lawhat Bukmalna [Arabic], [Archived], Lawhat Bukmalna (2) [Arabic], [Archived], Souriyati [Arabic], [Archived], Al Jisr TV [Arabic], [Archived], Baladi [Arabic], [Archived], Rami Assaf tweet [from Deir Ezzor media office: not related to this event but confirmation on Coalition raids.] [Arabic], [Archived], 

Quality of reporting: Fair 
Coalition position: On January 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, 26 strikes engaged 25 ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, a fighting position and a logistics center.”

On January 10th-11th: “Near Abu Kamal, 19 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS supply route, four ISIS vehicles, three control and command centers, a recoilless rifle, two logistics centers, an indirect fire weapon and a VBIED.”
The UK has reported that it was active in the vicinity of Abu Kamal between Monday 8th and Sunday 14th January.

 

January 10th 2018: (S1511) الحمدان al Hamdan village, البوكمال Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
According to Free Deir Ezzor, there were “a number of wounded in the village of Hamdan” following Coalition airstrikes.
Souriyati reported that seven civilians were wounded in al Hamdan and also pointed towards the Coalition.
Civilians reported killed: unknown
Civilians reported injured:
2-7
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic], [Archived], Lawhat Bukmalna [Arabic], [Archived], Al Bukamal Mutassil al Aan [Arabic], [Archived], Souriyati [Arabic], [Archived], 

Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details.
Coalition position: On January 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, 26 strikes engaged 25 ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS vehicles, a fighting position and a logistics center.”

On January 10th-11th: “Near Abu Kamal, 19 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS supply route, four ISIS vehicles, three control and command centers, a recoilless rifle, two logistics centers, an indirect fire weapon and a VBIED.”
The UK has reported that it was active in the vicinity of Abu Kamal between Monday 8th and Sunday 14th January.

 

January 13th 2018: (S1512) هجين Hajeen, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
Five named civilians died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajeen, sources on the ground said. The earliest report of casualties was on January 13th, though some reports later claimed the event was on the 14th or 15th.
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “five civilians, including a woman, were killed as International Coalition warpalnes fired missiles on Hajin city in Deir Ez-Zour eastern suburbs, on January 13, 2018.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also blaming the Coalition, put the death toll at four including “a man and his wife”.

Step News referred to a “massacre” in Hajeen, in which “a family of five including a woman” died.
Euphrates Post and Free Deir Ezzor named victims as:
Matrouk al Saleh and his wife
Bashar al-Saleh
Yasser Shaker Al Ismail
Abdul Qadir Shaker Al Ismail
Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office reported that “Both Matruk al-Saleh and his wife, and Yashar al-Salih, Yasser Shaker Al Isma’il and Abdul Qader Shaker al-Ismail were killed as a result of the shelling that targeted their home in a Hajeen  city” – thought this report put the event as January 14th. 
Sound and Picture, DCHRS and Qasioun were among other sources attributing the event to the Coalition.
ANHA news agency made no mention of civilian deaths, but reported that “17 Daesh mercenaries were killed during clashes between Syrian Democratic forces and Daesh mercenaries near the village of Hajin”.

Civilians reported killed: 5, including 1 woman
Civilians reported injured:
unknown
Sources: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archived],  SO4HR (2) [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic], [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic], [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic], [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic], [Archived], ANHA news agency [Kurdish] [Arabic], [Archived], Al Ahed [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Press Centre [Arabic], [Archived], Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office [Arabic], [Archived], Al Haall [Arabic], [Archived], Al Jisr TV [Arabic], [Archived], Baladi [Arabic], [Archived], Qasioun [Arabic], [Archived], DCHRS list of victims for 14th Jan [Arabic], [Archived], 

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For January 13th 2018 the Coalition reported that “On Jan. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets.

•       Near Abu Kamal, 13 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS supply routes, two ISIS motorcycles, two weapons caches, four fighting positions, a VBIED factory and an ISIS logistics center.”
The UK has reported that it was active in the vicinity of Abu Kamal between Monday 8th and Sunday 14th January. For January 9th, it reported a strike on “armed terrorists on a rooftop north-east of Hajin”.

 

January 13th 2018: (S1513) السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
One civilian died and several more were wounded in an airstrike on al Soussa, according to local media.
One victim was named as Saleh Ibrahim Mohsen Al-FarisDeir Ezzor 24 blamed the Coalition for his death, though other sources didn’t identify the culprit.
According to Al Sharq al Souri, shells landed on the victim’s home. Sound and Picture and Saout al Sharqiya reported that the Coalition carried out strikes on al Soussa but made no mention of civilian casualties.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured:
2
Sources: Al sharq al souri [Arabic], [Archived], Al sharq al souri (2) [Arabic], [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic], [Archived], Al Jadid al Arabi [Arabic], [Archived], Baladi [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic], [Archived], Saout al Sharqiya [Arabic], [Archived], 

Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For January 13th 2018 the Coalition reported that “On Jan. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 24 engagements against ISIS targets.

•       Near Abu Kamal, 13 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS supply routes, two ISIS motorcycles, two weapons caches, four fighting positions, a VBIED factory and an ISIS logistics center.”
The UK has reported that it was active in the vicinity of Abu Kamal between Monday 8th and Sunday 14th January. For January 9th, it reported a strike on “armed terrorists on a rooftop north-east of Hajin”.

 

January 23rd 2018: (S1519) الشعفة al Sha’afa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
Up to 15 civilian including as many as seven women died in an alleged Coaltion airstrike at a hospital in al Sha’afa, according to local media.
Free Deir Ezzor put the death toll at 14 including seven women. It published photographs of ruins of “the hospital targeted by the Coalition”.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, four women died in the attack.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at “15 casualties including 7 citizen women”.
It named victims as Nadia Al Abada Al Ali Mustafa (Umm Mahmoud) from the town of Muhsin and the wife of Ahmed Al Mahmoud Al Salem Al Mousa (Al Kadran)“.
Baladi reported that “on Tuesday, warplanes targeted the Al-Pomsir complex in the town of Al-Sha’afa in Al-Boukamal, east of Deir Al-Zour, which caused its complete destruction.”
Civilians reported killed: 3-15, including 3-7 women
Civilians reported injured:
6 or more
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic], [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor (2) [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived], Shaam News Network [Arabic], [Archived], @QSD_Jabha [Arabic], [this source belongs to SDF] [Archived], @asharqasouri [Arabic], [Archived], @RevoZamalka [Arabic], [Archived], @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic], [Archived], @asharqasouri [Arabic], [Archived], @SYR_REV_NEWS [Arabic], [Archived], Baladi [Arabic], [Archived], Al Jisr [Arabic], [Archived], Syria News [Arabic] [regime propaganda], [Archived], Sana.sy [Arabic], [regime propaganda] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic], [Archived], 
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For January 22nd-23rd, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two ISIS supply routes, a command and control center and an ISIS-held building.”

For January 23rd-24th: “Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three pieces of ISIS construction equipment, three fighting positions and two ISIS supply routes.”

The ruins of a hospital in al Sha’afa, following an alleged Coalition airstrike on Jan 23rd (via Free Deir Ezzor)

January 24th 2018: (S1520) Hajeen near al BaghouzDeir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Three women died and several other civilians were wounded in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the village of Hajeen, according to local media.
The three victims were named by Deir Ezzor 24 as
Mansya Samir Al-Aswad
The wife of Eid Mansy Al Aswad
The wife of Ali Mansy Al Aswad
The Syrian Observatory

Some reports which confused the event with S1519 the previous day. For example Baladi News claimed that “according to local media sources, three women were martyred on Wednesday by the bombardment of a Hajeen hospital east of Deir al-Zour. They explained that they were from one family. The family had previously migrated from the ِAl Baghuoz”.
Civilians reported killed: 3 women
Civilians reported injured:
 2
Sources: DeirEzzor24 [Arabic], [Archived], @asharqasouri [Arabic], [Archived], @SyriaNewsNetwrk [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Free Army [Arabic], [Archived], Al Baghouz News [Arabic], [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic], [Archived], Baladi [Arabic], [Archived], DCHRS [Arabic], [Archived], 
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For January 23rd 2018 the Coalition reported: “On Jan. 24 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.

Near Abu Kamal, 11 strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed a front-end loader, two ISIS supply routes, four fighting positions and an ISIS line of communication.”

 

 

January 26th 2018: (S1521) قرية البحرة Al Bahra village, northwest of Hajeen town, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Thirty civilians allegedly died in Coalition airstrikes on Al Bahra village in the Deir Ezzor countryside, according to local sources on the ground.
@7UFCmSxd0IUBffH and other sources said that there were “more than 30 martyrs, most of them women and children, and injured civilians, in US air strikes on the village of Al-Bahra.
The Shaam News Network reported “warplanes of the International Coalition committed a massacre in air strikes on the town of Al-Bahra”. It went on to cite the IS media agency Amaq Agency which had “said that coalition air raids on the town had killed 30 people, most of them women and children, and caused many casualties.” Al Jazeera also cited ISIS as the source for claims of 30 civilians killed.
Additional sources also blamed the Coalition, reporting that most of the victims were women and children. A number of sources referred specifically to “US airstrikes”.
Civilians reported killed: 30
Civilians reported injured: at least 2
Sources: @7UFCmSxd0IUBffH [Arabic], [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic], [Archived],  Marsad Al Hasaka [Arabic], [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Shaam News Network (SNN) [Arabic], [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic], [Archived], A’maq video [IS media agency], Syria News [Arabic], [Archived], Al jazeera [Arabic], [Archived], Eldorar [Arabic], @Khalidjcob2 [Arabic], [Archived], @AJABreaking [Arabic], [Archived], @raassaf77 [Arabic], [Archived], @ajmurgent [Arabic], [Archived], @MousaAlomar [Arabic], [Archived], @Deirfree [Arabic], [Archived], 
Quality of reporting: Weak – effectively single source claim (ISIS)
Coalition position: For January 26th 2018 the Coalition reported: “On Jan. 26 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of eight engagements against Daesh targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed a construction vehicle, a VBIED, two fighting positions and two Daesh headquarters.”

 

January 27th 2018: (I675) البغدادي, Al Baghdadi, Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: In a friendly fire incident, at least Iraqi police officers and Popular Forces personnel were reportedly killed and between 11 and 20 wounded. A Coalition airstrike is reported to have mistakenly targeted a convoy which was on itsfrom arresting a terrorist cell in al Baghdadi town center.
According to local and Iraqi military sources a number of vehicles carrying security forces had attended a building housing a terrorist cell. The Joint Operation Command/Iraq reported that “terrorist leader Kareem’Abat Ali al-Sammarid,” was present “to meet with a terrorist cell preparing operations against security forces and citizens.” All sources blamed the US-led Coalition.
Yaqein quoted information from a military source, stating that “after the arrest of the wanted person, forces came under armed attack, which called for a response, when the forces returned to the point of departure, […] they were targeted by US helicopters.” 
Most reports emphasized the death of the mayor of the al-Baghdadi district, Sharbail al-Obeidi and the district police director Col. Salam al-Obeidi.
Heet al-Somod was the only source providing a full list of casualties and wounded forces:
Martyrs of al-Baghdadi as a result of US bombing and so far the reasons are not known:
Ghajban Naji Saadoun
Haidar Sadek Karim Makhlaf
Gheith Natik kareem
Ahmed Karim Makhlaf
Makhlaf Natik Kareem
Tahrir Mahmood
Maraw Mdi Kerb
Col.Salm Al Obeidi

The names of the wounded
Ayman Shuja Ali
Ammar Adnan
Saddam, the commander of the second group, a popular crowd
First lieutenant followed Karab Ali Summermad
Muawiyah Karb Ali Summarad
Amr Karb Ali Summermad
Sherhabeel Kahlan Ali Samarmad Director of Al-Baghdadi district
Mohammed Kahlan Ali
Saleh Saif Afat Ali Summermad
Mohammad Yahya
Natik Kareem Makhlif
Sadiq Karim Makhlaf
Emad Younis Karim Makhlaf
Colonel Abdullah Ahmed Fahad, Director of Police Baghdad
Sarmad Nateq Karim Makhlaf
Nasirah Shaker Saud
Rashed Natek Karim Makhlif
Kareem Natik Makhlif
Salwa Mohammed Karim Makhlaf.”

Troops reported killed: 7-8
Troops reported injured: 11-20
Sources: Dotmsr [Arabic] [Archived], Naynawa Alghad [Arabic] [Archived], Joint Operation Command/Iraq [Arabic] [Archived], Al Taghier TV [Arabic] [Archived], Mahmood Abdulkaliq [Arabic] [Archived],  Naynawa Alghad [Arabic] [Archived], Almaalomah [Arabic] [Archived], Yaqein [Arabic] [Archived], Heet al-Somod [Arabic] [Archived], Naynawa Alghad [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair

Coalition position: In its weekly report covering the week of January 26th and February 1st, the Coalition ommitted any details relating to January 27th.

Colonel Abdul Salam al-Obeidi, Head of police al-Baghdadi West (via Nineveh Tomorrow)

 

January 30th 2018: (S1522) قرية البحرة , Al Bahra Village, northwest Hajin town , countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Three civilians were reported killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Bahra village, according to multiple local sources.
Al Manar News, for example, reported that “three civilians were killed after the bombing of International Alliance aircraft on the village of Al-Bahra in the south-east of Deir Ez-Zour.”
ISIS released a video on January 30th titled ‘Effects of US air strikes on the village of Al Bahra.’ The following day Euphrates Post published photos it said showed “the effects of the destruction as a result of air raids targeted the town of Bahra in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour.”
Civilians reported killed: 3
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: @MasarPressNet [Arabic], [Archived], Almanar [Hezbullah propaganda] [Arabic], [Archived], Alahed News [Arabic], [Archived], Samidon [Arabic], [Archived], Euphrates Post [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details

Coalition position: For January 30th 2018 the Coalition reported: “On Jan. 30 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 18 engagements against Daesh targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged six Daesh tactical units and destroyed two Daesh supply routes, three Daesh headquarters, a staging facility, a Daesh motorcycle and an artillery piece.”

Scenes of destruction at Bahra late January 2018 (via Euphrates Post)

February 2nd 2018: (S1525) قرية البحرة , Al Bahra Village, northwest Hajin town, countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Multiple sources reported the death of eleven civilians and seven wounded in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Bahra village, northwest of the town of Hajin.
A tweet from @BassamJaara was the only source with an estimated tally of more than 30 casualties, stating that: “More than 30 people, mostly children and women, were killed by US air strikes on the village of Al-Bahra northwest of the Hajeen city of Deir Al-Zour yesterday.” A tweet by @CkmKZSiHpiYW0c1 mentioned “dozens” of civilians were injured by an “aerial bombardment of international coalition”. Most other sources however, reported 7 injured civilians – with some reports specifically mentioning “US airstrikes”.
According to a number of local reports, the strikes targeted a hospital in the rural town. This was later confirmed by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, mentioning that the airstrikes rendered the makeshift hospital inoperable.
Civilians reported killed: 11-30
Civilians reported injured: 7-24
Sources: Marsad Al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Bard [Arabic] [Archived], Geroun [Arabic] [Archived], Athrpress [Arabic] [Archived], Tweet by @BassamJaara [Arabic] [Archived], Tweet by @CkmKZSiHpiYW0c1 [Arabic] [Archived], Ahmad Al Shbli [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position:  For February 2nd the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 2 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 16 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, an ISIS supply route, two staging facilities, three ISIS vehicles and damaged a mortar system.”

Photo of the alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Bahra (via Ahmad Al Shbli).
The aftermath of the alleged Coalition airstrike on a hospital in Al Bahra (via Ahmad Al Shbli).

February 4th 2018: (S1526) قرية البحرة, Al Bahra Village, northwest Hajin town, countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:
Multiple local sources reported up to 38 civilians killed, including 5 to 7 children and up to 20 women, and “dozens” wounded in a major casualty event in Al Bahra on February 4th. All sources identify the Coalition as the culprit or, as the Enabbaladi local report, specifically mention the “indiscriminate US shelling”.
ISIS released a video via A’amaq on February 4th, showing the damage and the bodies of children laying on the ground. 

A report from Jısırtv mentioned that this incident is a continuation of the campaign on the village as mentioned before in event S1525, noting that “the international coalition fighters intensified their air strikes on the areas under the organization east of Deir Al-Zour recently, especially in the village of Al-Bahra”.
On February 8th, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported the casualty toll rose to “at least 40, including 20 children and 13 women”. According to the report, the airstrike targeted a school with Internally Displaced Persons from Al Safira, Aleppo. Euphrates and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies both later provided a list of the casualties that have been so far documented:

1- Malik Mohammed Al-Hussein Al-Arabesh

2 – the wife of Malik Mohammed al-Hussein

3 – Mahmoud bin Ali al-Hussein Al-Arbash

4 – Haitham bin Ali Al – Hussein Al – Arbish

5 – The wife of Haitham, daughter of  Ahmed Al – Ahmad al Juma’a

6- Wife of Malik Al-Ali Al-Hussain the daughter of  Mahmoud Al-Dandal

7- Abdul Rahman the son of  Mohammed Al-Hussein, 4 years old

8- Mohammed the son of  Mohammed Al-Hussein, 3 years old

9 – Emad the son of  Haitham Al – Hussein, 3 years old

10- Sondos, daughter of Haitham al-Hussein, a two-year-old girl

11 – Jihad Mahmoud Ali Al-Hussein child 3 years

12- Mariya the daughter of  Mahmoud al-Hussein is a two-year-old girl

13 – Shahd the duaghter of  Mahmoud Al Ali Al Hussein 5 years

14- The wife of Mahmoud bin Ali al-Hussein,daughter of  Mohammed al-Haj Ali

15 – The wife of Ahmed bin Ali Al Hussein Al Hussein

16 – Wafa Al Ahmed Al Haj Ali

17 – Hisham the son of  Malik bin Ali Al Hussein, 7 years old

18 – Hudhayfah the son of Malik Ali al – Hussein 5 years old

19 – Bayan,  the daughter of Malik Ali Hussein 3 years old

20 – Nasreen al-Husain the duaghter of  Hussein, wife of Ahmed al-Hussein bin Ali

21 – Aya the daughter of  Ahmed Al Hussein Bin Ali , 3 months child

22 – Nour the daughter of  Ali al-Hussein 14 years

23- Abdo Al-Ahmad Al-Alo Abu Nayef

24 – Saleh Al – Abboud Al – Ahmad Al – Alawi Abu Fadi

25- The wife of Abu Fadi the daughter of  Hammad Al-Ahmad Al-Alawi

26 – Ibrahim the son of  Saleh al-‘Abdu al-Ahmad al-‘Alu, 6 years old

27 – Izzo the son of  Saleh al-‘Abdu al-Ahmad al-‘Alu is a 9-year-old child

28- The wife of Fadi Ibn Saleh Al-Abboud Al-Ahmad Al-Alu The daughter of Professor Mohamed Fouad Ismail

29 – Magda daughter of  Mohammed al-Hamdu al-Alou, 28 years old

30 – Samih the daughter of  Mohammed al-Hamdu al-Alawi, 40 years old

31- Fatima the daughter of  Mohammed al-‘Abdu al-‘Alu, nicknamed Abu Bashar, a 9-year-old girl

32- Maha the daughter of  Mohammed al-‘Abdu al-‘Ali, 7 years old

33- Iman the daughter of Hammad Al-Ahmad Al-Alou, 36 years old

34 – Abdullah Abu Hussein Haj Ibrahim

35 – Malika the daughter of Abdullah Abu Hussein

36 – Bashar the son of  Abdullah Abu Hussein Haj Ibrahim 17 years

37 – Mohammed the son of  Abdullah Abu Hussein 13 years

38 – Anwar Mohammed Al-Anwar, 9 years old

39 – Nourah the daughter of Mohammed Al-Anwar 3 years

40 – Qutaibah the son of  Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Hussein – two years”
It is important to note that some sources state that this airstrike took place on February 3rd, indicating that this could be a separate incident from the February 4th event.

Civilians reported killed: 13-40, including 5-20 children and up to 20 women
Civilians reported injured: 24
Sources: A’amaq video (ISIS propaganda footage) [Arabic], Jısırtv [Arabic] [Archived], Deirezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archived], Enabbaladi [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Omar_Madaniah [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @alialshami19961 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Deirfree [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Step [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Archived], Yaqein [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], DCHRS [Arabic] [Archived], Video tweeted by ‏@Rjwhctsj1
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 4th the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three ISIS supply routes, a staging area and a weapons cache.”

A little girl, one of the victims of the continued air campaign on Al Bahra (via Euphrates)

 

February 5th- 6th 2018: (S1527) Al Bahra and Al Sha’afa Village,  countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported between 17 and 59 civilians killed in the villages of Al Bahra and Al Sha’afa. According to a tweet by @syrians, most of the casualties were women and children.
In a reply to a query by one of our researchers, Sound and Picture stated that the airstrikes started on the night of February 5th and continued until the morning of February 6th. All sources mention the Coalition as the culprit.
Civilians reported killed: 17-59
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Radio Al Kul [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @syrian [Arabic] [Archived]

Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details
Coalition position: For February 5th the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed two staging areas, an ISIS motorcycle, a fighting position and a VBIED.”
For February 6th the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed two ISIS supply routes, a tunnel entrance and a weapons cache.”

February 7th 2018: (I676)  المخيسة Al Mikhisa vilage, Diyala province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources reported two civilians killed and two injured by airstrikes in Al Mikhisa village, east of the Abu Sayda district.
All reports mentioned the airstrikes targeted the “orchards” or “the farms” in the village. None of the reports however provided any information on the culprit.
According to Alebaa TV, the head of the “security committee” in the Abu Saida district council stated that four “criminal elements” from Fallujah had been killed and wounded by “an intensive aerial bombardment” in the eastern part of the area.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Civilians reported injured: 2
Sources: Yaqein [Arabic] [Archived], Iraq Spring Media Center [Archived], tweet by @IraqiSpringMC [Arabic] [Archived], Alebaa TV [Arabic] [Archived]

Quality of reporting: Contested – no information on responsible nation
Coalition position: For February 7th, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 7 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Taji, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.”

February 11th 2018: (S1529) Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: In an alleged friendly fire incident, members of the Syrian Defense Force were killed by an airstrike in the town of Al Soussa.
According to Sound and Picture, air raids accidentally hit “a gathering of militias” in “the countryside of #Albuqmal”. All reports identify the US-led Coalition as the culprit, stating that the “international coalition” hit SDF positions by mistake. Smart reported that the airstrikes took place “after a violent attack by members of the organization Daesh on SDF positions”, killing “many” troops on both sides. Local sources do not specify a specific casualty number.
Troops reported killed: 2 or more
Troops reported injured:
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Smart [Arabic] [Archived], 

Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 11th, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 11 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 11 engagements against Daesh targets.
•       Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a Daesh-held building, a command and control center, three tactical vehicles and two Daesh-supply routes.”