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

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

Listed below are all known reports for 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.

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 which 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.

January 9th 2018: (S1506a) near Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:  In an incident previously untracked by Airwars, the Coalition announced on March 28th 2018 that it had killed five civilians “near Abu Kamal, Syria”.
According to the release, “#6 Jan. 9, 2018 near Abu Kamal, Syria via self-report. During a Coalition strike which killed an ISIS leader, approximately 10 ISIS terrorists and destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device within vicinity of Coalition partner forces it was assessed that five civilians were unintentionally killed.”
Civilians reported killed: 5
Civilians reported injured: 0
Sources: Coalition Monthly Report (April 2018) [Archived]
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CIVILIAN CASUALTY EVENT. No previous reporting by Airwars
Coalition position: For January 9th, 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.”
For January 10th, the Coalition reported: “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.”

 

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-Faris. Deir 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 18th 2018: (S1513a) Hajeen, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: In a previously unknown incident, the Coalition reported in May 2018 that it had killed one civilian in Hajeen.
According to the monthly civilian casualty report: “#5. January 18, 2018, near Abu Kamal, Syria, via self-report. During a strike on Daesh-held building a scooter entered the impact area moments before the impact. One civilian was unintentionally killed.”
The Coalition said the event took place in the military grid area of 37SFU662439 (location accuracy 100 meters). This places the event at Hajeen.
Airwars had monitored local claims of civilian harm in Hajeen on the 13th (S1512) and 24th of January (S1520).
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 0
Sources: Coalition monthly casualty report (May 31st, 2018),
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CIVILIAN CASUALTY EVENT
Coalition position: For January 18th 2018 the Coalition reported that “On Jan. 18 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets. Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed an indirect fire weapon, a fighting position and an ISIS line of communication.”
The UK has reported that it was active in eastern Syria on January 18th: “2 Reapers struck 6 terrorist targets, including 2 armed trucks, 2 lorry-bombs, a mortar and a Daesh held building, in eastern Syria.”

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.”
Euphrates Post later reported “the martyrdom” of nurse Basma Mohammed and her daughter Sajida. While the post did not mention the day in which the victims were killed, it did specify that the victims were killed “as a result of airstrikes that targeted Sha’afa Hospital”.
Civilians reported killed: 3-15, including 3-7 women
Civilians reported injured: 2 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], 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.”

January 24th 2018: (S1520) Hajeen near al Baghouz, Deir 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 24th 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 Iraq strikes on January 27th.
This was finally amended on February 16th to state the following: “On Jan. 27 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement in support of an Iraqi Security Forces’ raid on a high-value Daesh leader.”

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.”

February 2018
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 or more 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 only eleven slain and seven injured civilians – with some reports specifically mentioning “US airstrikes”.
According to a number of local reports, the strikes hit 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.”

February 3rd-4th 2018: (S1526) قرية البحرة, Al Bahra Village, northwest Hajin town, countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Multiple local sources reported up to 40 civilians killed, including up to 20 named children and at least 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 with the Enabbaladi local report – specifically mentioned 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. Multiple photographs appeared to document high infant fatalities in the town.
A report from Jisr TV mentioned that this incident was 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 Ezzor recently, especially in the village of Al-Bahra”.
On February 8th, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the fatality 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. Euphrates Post and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies both later provided a list of the casualties that had been so far documented: Euphrates Poist said most of the deceased were IDPs from the town of Safira in eastern Aleppo:

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, 9 years old
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, 9 years old
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 old
37 – Mohammed the son of  Abdullah Abu Hussein, 13 years old
38 – Anwar Mohammed Al-Anwar, 9 years old
39 – Nourah, the daughter of Mohammed Al-Anwar, 3 years old
40 – Qutaibah, the son of  Ibrahim Abdullah Abu Hussein, 2 years old
Civilians reported killed: 38-40, including 20 children and 13 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.”

February 5th-6th 2018: (S1527) البحرة Al Sha’afa,  countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that between 17 and 59 civilians were killed in the village of Al Sha’afa. According to a tweet by @syrians, most of the casualties were women and children.
Radio al Kul and Free Deir Ezzor both stated specifically that 17 non combatants died at al Sha’afa. Step News Agency only makes mention of the destruction of “many buildings, houses and shops.” Other sources may have included the dead from S1526 in their tallies.
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. This was later echoed by Zamanal Wasl. All sources mention the Coalition as the culprit.
It is important to note that Baladi News and Zamanal Wasl identified Al Amaq, the propaganda wing of so-called Islamic State, as their main source.
Civilians reported killed: 17-59
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: tweet by @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @DeirEzzor24 (2) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by@Freedeirezzor [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Zamanal Wasl [Arabic] [Archived],  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 6th 2018: (S1528) البحرة Al Salhiya, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to a single source, Coalition jets targeted Assad forces in the town of Salhiya on February 6th. According to the report, the group was trying to advance to SDF-controlled areas near Deir Ezzor city. The source did not specify if any casualties were made as a result of the airstrike.
Civilians reported killed: unknown
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Poor
Coalition position: 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 2017: (S1526a) near al-Sabah Farm, Deir Ez Zor, Syria
Summary: On August 30th 2018, the Coalition said it had concluded an assessment of a possible civilian harm incident that was previously unknown to Airwars. In the report, the Coalition wrote: “February 7, 2018, near al-Sabah Farm, Deir Ez Zor, Syria, via self-report. After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike.” The Coalition shared the location of this assessed strike with Airwars: 37SFV17621030.
Civilians reported killed:unknown
Civilians reported injured:unknown
Sources: Coalition casualty report (August 2018)
Quality of reporting: Discounted COALITION ASSESSED EVENT
Coalition position: For February 7th, the Coalition reported that “On Feb. 7 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of nine engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed a command and control center, an ammunition storage facility, a fighting position and an ISIS staging area.”

February 9th 2018: (S1527a)البحرة al Bahra village, Deir Ezzor, Syria
Summary:  On the 30th August 2018 the Coalition conceded it had caused civilian harm. “(2.) February 9, 2018, near al-Bahrah village, Syria, via self-report. During a strike on Daesh-held building, one civilian was unintentionally killed as a motorcycle entered the impact area moments before the strike.” The Coalition later supplied Airwars the Military Grid Reference System coordinates for the strike 37SFU625450.
While local sources did not make mention of this specific event, media outlets did report clashes in al Bahra around the same time. Ennabaladi noted that “battles are taking place today in the villages of al Bahra, Hajin and al Shaafa, following the advance of SDF during the past few days and its control of the town of Granij amid repeated attacks by the organization [ISIS].”
Syrianfreearmy.net reported Coalition aircraft targeting “a group of members of the Islamic state” on the outskirts of al Bahra but detailed that it took place on February 8th. Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 0
Sources: Coalition monthly casualty report (August 2018), Ennabaladi [Arabic] [Archived], Syrianfreearmy.net[Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Confirmed Civilian Casualty Event Not known to Airwars
Coalition position: For the 9th February the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 9 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, three strikes [1 British] engaged three Daesh tactical units and damaged a Daesh-held building.”

February 7th 2018: (I676)  المخيسة Al Mikhisa village, Diyala province, Iraq
Summary: Local sources reported that two civilians were killed and two injured by airstrikes in Al Mikhisa village, east of the Abu Sayda district. Local sources told Airwars that two of the deceased civilians may be farmers.
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.
However 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.
Al Bawabh News later quoted the same head of the security committee who stated that “the so-called military prince of the Daesh organization in the Waqf basin was killed from wounds” that were a result of an air raid “near the orchards of Al-Mukhisa”.
Civilians reported killed: 2-4 – with two possible ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 2
Sources: Yaqein [Arabic] [Archived], Iraq Spring Media Center [Archived], tweet by @IraqiSpringMC [Arabic] [Archived], Alebaa TV [Arabic] [Archived], Al Bawabh News [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested – status of victims unclear, and with no clear information on responsible belligerent
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 Democratic Forces were claimed 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 #Abu Kamal”. Shaam FM specified that the targeted troops were members of the “First Regiment and the Jekdar Regiment”.
All reports identified 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 Daesh on SDF positions”, killing “many” troops on both sides. Baladi was the only source to report specifically the killing of 11 members of the SDF.
Troops reported killed: 2-11
Troops reported injured:
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Smart [Arabic] [Archived],Sham.fm [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [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.”

 

February 19th 2018: (S1530) Hajin or possibly Al Bahra, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between 12 and 15 civilians, including 5 children and 6 women were allegedly killed and “dozens” wounded in a Coalition airstrike on the city of Hajin on February 19th. However some sources, like Deir Ezzor24, stated that the airstrike in fact took place in Al Bahra, a town near Hajin.
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the victims were Internally Displaced Persons from Mouhasan, Deir Ezzor. This claim was supported by other local sources who reported that ten members of the Al-Khalaf Al-Saleh family, all IDPs from Mouhasan, were killed in the airstrike.
Deir Ezzor24 and Euphrates Post published a list with all known casualties:
Khaled Al Khalaf Al Saleh Al Hussein
Hanaa al Khalaf al Saleh al Hussein
Rahaf Mahmoud  al Khalaf al Saleh
Lara Mahmoud t al Khalaf al Saleh
Hala Khalaf Al Saleh Al Hussein
Bakr “the son of Hana  al Khalaf al Saleh”
Ghafran  “daughter of Hana  al Khalaf al Saleh”
Fatima Nasser Al Ali
Habiba Mohammad al-Da’as.
Tayba Mohammad al-Da’as.
Maryam Mohammed al-Da’as
Hamza Mohammad al-Da’as
Ahmed Mohammad al-Da’as
Jabir al-Da’as
The wife of Jaber al-Da’as
It is worth mentioning that an earlier report by Euphrates Post stated that Muhammad al-Da’as (number 14 on the casualty list) was a member of so-called Islamic State. His whole family was killed in the same airstrike and was included on the list as well.
SN4HR, among others, later reported that on that same day, the Khdairin bakery in Hajin was targeted by an airstrike, damaging the building severely.
Civilians reported killed: 12-15, including 6 women and 5 children. One or more possible ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: SN4HR [Archived], SN4HR [Archived], El Watan News [Arabic] [Archived], Shaam [Arabic] [Archived],Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Deirezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], RT [Arabic] [Archived], Horrya [Arabic] [Archived], Eneva [Arabic] [Archived], Sana [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], Sputnik [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @SDF [Arabic] [Archived],tweet by @DE24 [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 19th, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 19 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 12 engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, seven strikes engaged four Daesh tactical units and destroyed a Daesh observation post, a weapons cache and a Daesh resupply vehicle and damaged a bulldozer and a mortar.”

February 21st 2018: (S1531) Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: 12 civilians were reported killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin on February 21st. Sources reported that “several missiles” struck the town 50 kilometers northwest of Abu Kamal.
Sana initially reported on the incident, quoting local sources confirming the death of 12 civilians and stressing that the toll may rise due to the severity of the “dozens of injured”.
Several sources later reported on the incident, but all seem to be apparent references to the Sana article.
The same sources stated that serious material damage was caused as a result of the strike, including “ovens” or a bakery in the center of the city. This may refer to the the Khdairin bakery in Haji that the Syrian Network for Human Rights already reported on, linking it to the February 19th attack on Hajin. However, Sana does clearly distuingish between the two strikes, stating that the February 21st bombardment “came less than 48 hours after the massacre of the American coalition, which killed 16 civilians”.
Civilians reported killed: 12
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Sana [Arabic] [Archived], Sputnik [Arabic] [Archived], Shafaaq [Arabic] [Archived], Al Ahed News[Arabic] [Archived], Al Manar News [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], Al Alam [Arabic] [Archived],  El Watan News [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Poor – effectively single-sourced
Coalition position: For February 21st, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 21 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of five engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed two mortar staging facilities and a weapons cache.”

 

February 23rd 2018: (S1533) الشفعة Al Sha’afa Village, countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between 8 and 25 civilians reportedly died  and as many as “dozens” were injured as a result of a claimed Coalition airstrike on the town of Al Sha’afa.
An Abu Kamal local later told Al-Hail that the bombardment had wounded “mostly women and children”.
Sound and Picture, Baladi News and Deir Ezzor24 all mentioned that the airstrike had hit a school housing families or Internally Displaced Persons. It is important to note that Baladi News quoted Al A’amaq, the media wing of so-called Islamic State, as its main source.
Civilians reported killed: 8-25
Civilians reported injured: 4-24
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Geroun [Arabic] [Archived], Al Hal [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Qasioun [Arabic] [Archived], Deirezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 23rd, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 23 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed a fighting position.”

 

February 23rd/24th 2018: (S1533a) الشفعة, Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to a single source, alleged Coalition strikes on the city of Hajin killed one civilian and injured seven others. The report from Al Hal News stated that in addition to damaging houses, the bombardment “led to the death of a young man and wounding seven others”.
Although Airwars researchers did not identify any other public reporting on this incident, there were a number of sources confirming clashes between so-called Islamic State and SDF forces in Hajin on February 23rd or 24th. Additionally, Shaam Network’s evening news added that the Coalition bombarded “the outskirts of Hajin city” on February 23rd. The report however did not identify any civilian casualties as a result of the strikes.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 7
Sources: tweet by @DE24 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @SDF [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Al Hal News [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For February 23rd, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 23 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed a fighting position.”
For February 24th, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 24 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed a heavy machine gun and a fighting position.”

 

February 25th 2018: (S1534) الشفعة District 24 of Al Sha’afa Village, countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local reports by Euphrates Post, alleged Coalition air raids targeted “a residential complex in district 24” of the town of Al Sha’afa. The sources stated that there were civilian casualties as a result, but did not specify a specific number. These sources were apparent carbon copies of each other.
However, according to two Sana News and RT Arabic news, airstrikes “targeted  houses in the villages of Al Sha’afa and Dhahra A’louni in in the countryside of Deir al-Zour east, killing 29 civilians and dozens were seriously injured, mostly women and children, as well as damage to civilian homes, property and infrastructure in the two villages.” The sources do not specify the number of civilians killed in each village.
Civilians reported killed: 2-29
Civilians reported injured: 12-24 including an unknown number of women and children
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], RT Arabic news [Arabic] [Archive], Sana News [Arabic] [Archive],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 25th, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 25 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged a Daesh tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.”

 

February 25th 2018: (S1535) ظهرة العلواني  Zahret Al Alwni, countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that 10 to 25 civilians had been killed and dozens wounded as a result of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Zahret Al Alwni – a camp located between Al Sousse and Al Sha’afa. Most sources reported that 16 non combatants had died.
According to most reports, the victims of the airstrike were “mostly children and women”. Euphrates Post and Deir Ezzor 24 included a list of the known victims in their reports:
Family of Hussein Al Shuja
Family of Mohammed Al Shuja
Family of Ahmed Al Shuja
Daughter of Ali Al Shuja
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the highest tally of at least 25 civilian fatalities, including 7 children and 6 women.
Civilians reported killed: 10-25, including 7 children and 6 women
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad Al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Orient [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Smart [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Archived], Halab Today TV [Arabic] [Archived], Shaam [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 25th, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 25 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged a Daesh tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.”

 

February 28th 2018: (S1536) الشفعة Al Kashma district of Al Sha’afa Village, countryside of Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between ten to thirty civilians were reported killed and “dozens” injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Sha’afa. Most sources stress that many of the victims are women and children.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of 22 civilians, including 9 children and 7 women and stressed that the toll was expected to rise due to the critical situation some of the injured civilians were in.
Deir Ezzor 24 tweeted that airstrikes were targeting the “Al Kashma district” of Al Sha’afa – later mentioning that more than ten civilians were harmed by the bombardments. Most sources specifically reported that 17 or 26 civilians were killed, with Free Dier Ezzor Radio even reporting “more than 30 martyrs, mostly women and children, as a result of US air strikes at dawn today”.
One activist, who declined to be named, told Smart reporters that the civilian casualties may be ISIS family members as “the town’s families had left more than a month ago.” This was echoed by tweets from @QSD_Jabha and @Norsforstudies and a Baladi report stating that, according to so-called Islamic State itself, 30 civilians were killed in Al Sha’afa.
Civilians reported killed: 10-30, including 9 children and 7 women
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived],tweet by @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Free Dier Azour Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad Al Hasaka[Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Step [Arabic] [Archived], Smart [Arabic] [Archived],Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @QSD_Jabha [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Norsforstudies[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @asharqasouri [Arabic] [Archived], Shaam [Arabic] [Archived], Jisirty [Arabic] [Archived], El Nashra [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman Al Wsl [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For February 28th, the Coalition reported: “On Feb. 28 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of four engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed a Daesh supply route and a Daesh-held building.”

February 28th 2018: (S1537) الصفاوي Al Safawi, Hasakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Multiple sources stated that three or six civilians, including a seven-year-old child, were killed in an airstrike on a vehicle in the town of Al Safawi in the countryside of southern Al Hasakah on February 28th.
Most local sources reported that the victims all came from the same family and were killed when driving in their car. Other sources, like Baladi, specified that in fact 3 civilians were killed and 3 others were injured as a result of the bombardment. The report also listed the names of the victims, provided by local sources: “Mohannad As’ad al-Khamis al-Issa, Bashir Juma al-Issa and one of Khamis al-Issa’s sons” aged 7.
All sources identified the Coalition as the culprit.
Civilians reported killed: 3-6, including 1 child
Civilians reported injured: 2
Sources: Sana [Arabic] [Archived], Masar Press [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Smart [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Asharqasouri [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though with no confirmed Coalition strikes in vicinity.
Coalition position: For February 28th, the Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in the vicinity of Al Safawi or Hasakah governorate.

 

March 2018
March 2nd 2018: (S1538) Khasham, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, the Coalition allegedly conducted several airstrikes on forces of the Assad regime and pro-Assad militias near the town of Khasham.
According to Baladi, two combatants were killed as a result of the bombardments. It is important to note that no other reports mentioned casualties among the Assad forces.
Syrian PC quoted a correspondent from Al-Jisr channel, who stated that regime forces had been targeted “for the third consecutive time in a few days”.
Troops reported killed: 2
Troops reported injured:
Sources: Qasioun [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @tlabyadmubashr [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @deirezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad Al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Jisrt Tv [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian PC [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For March 2nd, the Coalition reported that: “On Mar. 2 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of nine engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed two Daesh supply routes, three Daesh construction vehicles, a weapons cache and a command and control center.”

 

March 2nd 2018: (S1539) قرية عفرة قرب الضهرة Afra Al Bajari Village near Al Dahra, Hasakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that three civilians were killed and between one to four seriously injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the village of Afra, on the evening of March 2nd.
Multiple sources identified victims as Ahmed Jasser Al Shalabi (or Jamil al-Ahmad al-Jasser) and Attallah al-Hajij and Ammar al-Fayyad al-Ali who was severely injured.
The civilians were in their car when they were hit by an airstrike and according to a local source quoted by Zaman Al Wasl, the passengers were on the road between Abu Hamda and Al Touymen. The same report also stated that apart from the two civilian victims, two members of so-called Islamic State were killed in the airstrike.
Civilians reported killed: 2, and 2 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 1-4
Sources: Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @soheb9933 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @asharqasouri [Arabic] [Archived], Sharqiya Press [Arabic] [Archived], Eye On Al Hasaka[Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], Al Watan Online [Arabic] [Archived], Halil Al Askar [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though with no confirmed Coalition strikes in the vicinity.
Coalition position: For March 2nd, the Coalition did not report any strikes in the vicinity of Afra Al Bajari, Al Dahra or the Hasakah governorate.

March 3rd-5th 2018: (S1540a) Al Baghouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A young man, identified as Omar Mohammed Ali Al Dakhoul, originally from Al Bu Ammru, was killed in an airstrike on the town of Al Baghouz, according to three local sources. None of the reports however specified on which date the bombardment took place, only mentioning that the man was killed “days ago”.
Statements by Marsad Mohsen and Al Mohsen and Al Bakhour detailed that “an affiliate of the International Alliance” was believed to be behind the air raids.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Al Sharq Al Souri [Arabic] [Archived], Marasad Mohsen [Arabic] [Archived], Al Mohsen and Al Bakhour[Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details given
Coalition position: For March 3rd, the Coalition reported: “On Mar. 3 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units.”
For March 4th, the Coalition reported: “On Mar. 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed two Daesh supply routes.”
For March 5th, the Coalition reported: “On Mar. 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged a Daesh tactical unit and destroyed a Daesh supply route and a Daesh transportation vehicle.”

March 6th 2018: (S1540) الشفعة Al Sha’afa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Four families of Tajik nationality were reported killed as a result of airstrikes on the town of Al Sha’afa, according to local sources. It is important to mention that all reports state that the victims were related to so-called Islamic State. Although the sources imply that women and children were harmed by the bombardments, no names, photos or other details were provided.
Reports from Baladi and Al Sharq Al Shouri Agency identified the “International Coalition” as the culprit.
Civilians reported killed: 12 or more
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Al Sharq Al Shouri Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Abou Mo’az Al Idilbi [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details given
Coalition position:For March 6th, the Coalition reported: “On Mar. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of six engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed a Daesh supply route, a front end loader and a staging facility.”

 

March 6th 2018: (S1541) هجين Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to three sources, Bassam Al-Maeuf Al-Hamoud and his wife were killed in an alleged March 6th Coalition airstrike on Hajin. According to the reports, the couple came from the town of Mushin, Deir Ezzor.
The report did not clearly specify whether or not both casualties were non-combatant civilians. However, it did mention the “martyrdom” of the couple. Deir Ezzor24 told Airwars researchers that they “never use the word ‘martyr’ to describe the dead from any party to the conflict”.
Civilians reported killed: 2, including 1 woman
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @asharqasouri [Arabic] [Archived], Legal Documentation Network in Deir Ezzor [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details
Coalition position: For March 6th, the Coalition reported: “On Mar. 6 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of six engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed a Daesh supply route, a front end loader and a staging facility.”

 

March 8th 2018: (S1543) هجين Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Two local sources reported “several civilian casualties” as a result of alleged Coalition airstrikes on ISIS at Hajin.
According to 7al the bombardment had targeted an ISIS HQ “killing six elements inside  three of them Moroccan nationals,” later adding that the same shelling had caused civilian casualties near “the entrance of the city”. This was echoed by Barda, which reported that several raids had killed civilians.
Step also reported on the airstrikes, but did not mention any civilian casualties and stated that there “were no reports of damage”.
Civilians reported killed: 2, and 6 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 0-2 or more
Sources: 7al [Arabic] [Archived], Barda [Arabic] [Archived], Step [Arabic] [Archived], Al Haall [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For March 8th the Coalition reported that “On Mar. 8 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed a Daesh supply route and a UAV.”

 

March 8th 2018: (S1544) .السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source reported on the shelling of Al Soussa on March 8th, which allegedly resulted in “a number of civilian casualties”.
According to 7al, the same shelling that targeted Hajin had also struck al Soussa in the countryside of Abu Kamal, killing a number of civilians and damaging houses in the village.
At present, Airwars researchers have not identified any further known public allegations of civilians killed or injured relating to this incident.
Civilians reported killed: 0-2 or more
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: 7al [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Poor – single-sourced
Coalition position: For March 8th the Coalition reported that “On Mar. 8 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed a Daesh supply route and a UAV.”

 

March 9th 2018: (S1544a)  الميادين, Al Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local media reported that between 30 and 35 members of regime forces and militias were killed and others were injured in an airstrike on Al Mayadeen.
According to Euphrates Post, the “unknown airstrike” had likely targeted a regime headquarters in the al-Sinaa district of Al Mayadeen. The report also stated that an unknown number of officers were among the more than 30 victims of the bombardment.
Most other sources identified the Coalition as the culprit.
Troops reported killed: 30-35
Troops reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Qasioun News [Arabic] [Archived], Raqqa Post [Arabic] [Archived],Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Geroun News [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For March 9th the Coalition reported that “On Mar. 9 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged two Daesh tactical units and destroyed a Daesh-held building and a weapons cache.”

March 26th 2018: (S1546a) Euphrates Valley, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: In a previously unknown allegation, the UK for the first time admitted its forces caused civilian harm during an airstrike against so-called Islamic State. In a written statement to Parliament, Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson MP, stated that “one civilian was unintentionally killed,” when a UK Reaper drone struck three ISIS fighters. In its weekly update, the UK MoD previously stated that a “Reaper tracked a group of terrorists in a vehicle in the Syrian Euphrates valley on Monday 26 March, and successfully destroyed it and its occupants with a precision Hellfire missile attack.”
According to the statement made to parliament, a civilian had accidentally driven a motorbike into the strike area. “We reached this conclusion after undertaking routine and detailed post-strike analysis of all available evidence”, said Williamson.
Our researchers were unable to identify any public reports on the UK drone strike. Some local sources did mention strikes in which Assad sites were targeted, these however do not seem to be related to the conceded UK incident.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: tweet by Maps of the Middle East Wars [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Asharq al Souri [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], RT Arabic [Arabic] [Archived], The Guardian [Archived], Update UK MoD
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CIVILIAN CASUALTY EVENT
Coalition position: For March 26th, the Coalition reported “On March 26 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged a Daesh tactical unit.”

March 29th 2018: (S1547) الميادين, Al Mayadeen, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, “a violent explosion” killed 12 members of the Assad regime and pro-Assad militias and wounded several others in the center of Al Mayadeen on March 29th. According to Asharq Asouri, the bombardment took place around 3am.
All reports stated that the blast was a result of an airstrike on the headquarters of regime forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that the bombardment “targeted a house in the Rumaila district”. Most sources quote local activists mentioning either “unidentified warplanes” or “the international coalition against the Islamic State” as the culprit.
Troops reported killed: 12
Troops reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Asharq Asouri [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Omar_Madaniah [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @BassamJaara [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested – unclear who belligerent was
Coalition position: For March 29th, the Coalition reported that “On March 29 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed a Daesh-held building.”

 

April 2018
April 2nd 2018: (S1548) حطلة تحتاني , Hatla Tahtani, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, 17 members of regime forces and militias were killed and others were injured in an airstrike near the Taj Al-Arous shop area of Hatla Tahtani in rural Deir Ezzor.
Euphrates Post cited an anonymous source who was said to be close to the Assad regime and who reportedly confirmed the dead and wounded. The lowest tally, 9, was reported by 7al News which quoted Issam Ibrahim, a resident of the eastern countryside. The report however specified that 13 more combatants were injured, with some of them in a critical condition, “which is likely to increase the number of dead”. The source added that “two officers and three elements of Hizboullah Lebanon” were among the dead.
Troops reported killed: 9-17
Troops reported injured: 2-13
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @DeirEzzorenow [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @stfree95[Arabic] [Archived], 7al News [Arabic] [Archived], Shaam Network [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested Coalition – possible Israeli action. The Coalition did not report any strikes in Syria that day.
Coalition position: For April 2nd, the Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in Syria.

 

April 2nd 2018: (I676a) al-Qanus Island, Qayyarah, Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: In an event not tracked by Airwars at the time, in July 2018 the Coalition self-reported at it had accidentally killed one civilian and injured a second in an action near Qayarrah.
According to the report, “April 2, 2018, near al-Qanus Island, Qayyarah, Iraq, via self-report. During a strike one civilian was unintentionally injured and one civilian was unintentionally killed.” Officials provided a grid reference to within 100m of the event – placing it at 35° 40.844′ N, 43° 16.833′ E.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 1
Sources: Coalition monthly casualty report (July 2018),
Quality of reporting: Confirmed civilian harm event. Previously unknown to Airwars.
Coalition position: For April 2nd, the Coalition reported that “On April 2 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets. Near Bayji, one strike engaged a Daesh tactical unit. One strike was conducted near Qayyarah.”

 

April 9th 2018: (S1553) تل الجاير, Tal al Jayer area, east of al Shadadi, Hasakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported the death of one civilian as a result of an alleged Coalition military action in the vicinity of Tal al Jayer, east of the city of Shaddadi in the southern countryside of Hasakah governorate.
An Al-Khabour correspondent stated that the aircraft engaged in a “landing operation” near Al Sheikh fuel station, allegedly targeting Iraqis and arresting three families, including women and children. According to the report, one civilian was killed in accompanying clashes between Coalition forces and so-called Islamic State. The correspondent reported that the victim, who was identified as Alaa al Barzan, just “happened to be there”.
The death of the civilian was also reported by Syria News Station, a pro-regime outlet, which also made mention of a number of injured civilians. SNS stated that its sources “confirmed that the clashes resulted in the martyrdom of a civilian and injuring others from the Barzan family” after the “evacuation plan” of US helicopters at 11pm.
It is important to note that the Damascus News Network explicitly reported that the event took place without any airstrikes. Local sources told the network that indeed three US helicopters had landed near the fuel station to transfer three ISIS families of Iraqi nationality. However, although US jets were said to to accompany the operation, they flew over the region “without any targeting”.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian News Station (pro regime) [Arabic] [Archived], Damascus News Network [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested – possible ground crossfire
Coalition position: For April 9th, the Coalition reported that “On April 9 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets. […] Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh logistics hub.”

April 13th-14th 2018: (S1554) Damascus, Damascus governorate, Syria
Summary: According to a single source, four civilians were killed in US-led bombardments on Al Barzah Scientific Research Facility in Damascus.
Al Sura tweeted photos that were said to show the destruction of the research centre after “#US, #UK and #French cruise missile strikes.” The tweet went on to say that nearby residential buildings were hit, leading to the death of 4 civilians.
The state-run news agency SANA stated that although “only a few rockets succeeded in reaching their targets”, the bombardment still  caused “great damage to the structure and facilities of the Institute.” SANA made no mention of civilian harm.
Airwars researchers did not identify any other public reporting of civilian casualties relating to the strikes in the Al Barzah neighborhood. A spokesperson of the Syrian defense ministry publicly stated that “only buildings were damaged.”
Civilians reported killed: 4
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], Dostor [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @BBCarabic [Arabic] [Archived], Sharq Alawsat [Arabic] [Archived], Vendeg News [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @AlSuraEnglish [Archived], SANA News[Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Sky News [Archived], Airwars,
Quality of reporting: Discounted – claim assessed as non credible by Airwars
Coalition position: For April 13th, General Joseph F. Dunford stated during a press conference that “At 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, French, British and U.S. forces struck targets in Syria in support of President Trump’s objective to deter the future use of chemical weapons. Our forces were integrated throughout the planning and execution of the operation. The first target was a scientific research center located in the greater Damascus area. This military facility was a Syrian center for the research, development, production and testing of chemical and biological warfare technology.”

April 14th 2018: (S1555) Jabal Azzan, Aleppo governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that twenty or more Iranian troops were killed after multiple air raids targeted a military base in the area of Jabal Azzan, in the southern countryside of Aleppo.
Rumaf News reported on “the killing of more than twenty Iranian officers” while other sources did not specify a number of casualties, for example a report by Free Deir Ezzor Radio which stated that “a group of Iranian officers and leaders of the Fatmiyun Brigade” was killed. Most other sources did not mention casualties among the Iranian troops. SOHR made mention of reports of casualties, and added that “militants confirmed the flight of an aircraft over the area of the blast”.
Both Rumaf News and Free Deir Ezzor Radio stated that “Israeli raids” targeted the area of Jabal Azzan. Rumaf News quoted a tweet from an Israeli reporter, stating that “Israeli aircraft targeted an Iranian military base in Jabal Azzan”. Other sources did not blame an actor for the attack, instead referring to “an unknown air force” or “military aircraft”.
According to Sky News, the explosions came hours after “chemical weapons sites in Syria were hit by missile strikes by the United States, France and Britain”.
The incident was denied by Damascus Now, stating that there is “no truth to the news of hostile raids on the mountain of Azan, southern Aleppo countryside.” According to a reporter for the media outlet, the explosion was the result of “the destruction of remnants of terrorists in the region.” Alalam News reiterated the claims by stating that “explosives were detonated” but that Jabal Azzan was not targeted. Sputnik News quoted MP Ammar al-Assad, vice-chairman of the Syrian foreign relations committee, who stated that there was no explosion and this news was only reported “to draw attention to the countryside of Aleppo.”
Troops reported killed: 20
Troops reported injured:
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio[Arabic] [Archived], Rumaf News [Arabic] [Archived], Rumaf News (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Damascus Now (pro-regime) [Arabic] [Archived], Sputnik News [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by@Hadialabdallah [Arabic] [Archived], Sky News [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Discounted Coalition action. Possible Israeli strike.
Coalition position: Possibly an Israeli strike. The Coalition declared no strikes in Aleppo governorate for April 13th-14th.

 

April 14th 2018: (S1556) Conico Gas field, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local media reported bombardments targeting Assad forces near the Conico Gas field in the eastern rural areas of Deir Ezzor on April 14th.
According to Step News Agency, the SDF targeted positions of the regime with artillery strikes on the towns of Hatala and Maret. The report however explicitly mentioned that“there were no reports of damage”. A tweet by Deir Ezzor24 also made mention of SDF artillery shelling “at Coneco gas field on locations of #Assad forces”.
A report by Free Deir Ezzor Radio and a tweet by @OmarMadaniah stated that the positions were targeted by airstrikes, reporting that “unidentified warplanes” engaged in “a number of raids”.
Damascus Now published a statement denying the allegations, mentioning that “There is no truth to what is being promoted by some satellite channels and the coordinators of the militants”.
Troops reported killed: unknown
Troops reported injured: unknown
Sources: tweet by @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Damascus Now[Arabic] [Archived], Step News [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @AJAbreaking [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by@HadialAbdallah [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Omar_Madaniah [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For April 14th, the Coalition reported that “On April 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed three Daesh IED’s.”

 

April 14th 2018: (S1557) العاليات al A’liat village, سوسة  Soussa district, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to two sources, three civilians were killed in an airstrike on the village of Al-A’liat in the Soussa district of Deir Ezzor governorate on April 14th.
Smart News and Fresh Online reported that an ISIS HQ in the village of Al A’liat near al Soussa was targeted by the Coalition. A local source told Smart News that the three civilians had been present at the facility, as they had been detained by ISIS on charges of drug abuse, statements against sharia law and pornography that was found on their phones. According to both Smart News and Fresh Online, three ISIS members were allegedly also killed in the bombardment.
Civilians reported killed: 3, and 3 ISIS members
Civilians reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Smart News [Arabic] [Archived], Fresh Online [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details
Coalition position: For April 14th, the Coalition reported that “On April 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed three Daesh IED’s.”

 

April 17th 2018: (S1558) السراجية, al Sarajiya village, أبوحامضة, Abu Hamda, Hasakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported on the deaths of up to eleven civilians as a result of strikes carried out by Coalition helicopters in an area east of the city of Al Shadadi.
According to Euphrates Post “a massacre” took place after a bombardment on a prison in the town of Abu Hamda. The report put the initial civilian death toll at eleven. The media outlet also stated that US helicopters carried out “landing attempts” – as did most other sources. All reports blamed the Coalition for the casualties.
An Al Khabout correspondent quoted sources from inside the villages, who confirmed that an “Apache aircraft” used “heavy machine guns” to target an ISIS HQ which resulted in “martyrs and wounded among the villagers”. The same sources stated that Coalition forces arrested four people who were allegedly taken to the US base in the city of Shaddadi.
The reports of Coalition bombardments on a prison was reiterated by Zamanalwasl and Al Jisr Tv. However, both media outlets stated that 8 civilians were killed and a number of others injured in the village of al Sarajiya, east of Abu Hamda.
The lowest tally, 3, was reported by the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
Civilians reported killed: 3-11
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], SNN[Arabic] [Archived], Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Anadolu Agency [Archived],SN4HR [Archived], Al Jisr Tv [Arabic] [Archived], Al Jisr Tv (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Shamra [Arabic] [Archived],Kurd Street [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though with no confirmed Coalition strikes in the vicinity.
Coalition position: For April 17th, the Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in the Hasakah governorate.

 

April 19th 2018: (S1560) سوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:  Local sources reported that two civilians were killed as a result of SDF shelling on the town of Al Soussa at night.
A number of sources identified the two casualties as Mohammed Khashan Al-Najem Dagger and Alia Mohammed Hilal who, according to a tweet by Deir Ezzor 24, were hit by “missile shelling” from SDF forces stationed at “the Omar oil field”. A tweet by Deir Ezzor Now specified that the woman was the wife of Mohammed Khashan Al Naiem’s brother.
All sources identify the SDF as the culprit. However, some sources make mention of SDF “artillery” and “shelling”. At present, it is unclear whether or not SDF has access to artillery, indicating a possible Coalition action. Other reports from the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Baladi specified that the SDF fired projectiles via a missile launcher on Al Soussa. Deir Ezzor Now instead reported that the damage was the result of “rocket-propelled grenades”.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources:  tweet by @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture[Arabic] [Archived], SNHR [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Al Hasaka Arabea [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Smart [Arabic] [Archived], Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archived],Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Geneva Updates [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], Manar Tv [Arabic] [Archived], SHRC [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @DeirEzzoreNow [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Masarpressnet[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Asharqasouri [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Alraseddei [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested – reports mention the use of rocket-propelled grenades and missile launchers,as well as shelling.
Coalition position: For April 19th, the Coalition reported that “On April 19 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed five Daesh-held buildings.”

April 29th 2018: (S1563) جبل البحوث_47 Jabal al Bouthouth mountain 47 and Iranian warehouses near سلحب Salhab town, Idlib governorate Syria
Summary: A number of military sites in the Hama and Aleppo countryside were targeted by Israeli strikes, according to multiple sources.
SANA News Agency said a military source had told the media outlet that “hostile rockets” targeted the sites at 10:30pm. The strikes on a site known as ‘Brigade 47’ of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard south of Hama resulted in the death of 26 to 40 mostly Iranian pro-government fighters; and 57 or more wounded.
The highest tally, at least 40 troops killed and 57 injured, was reported by Shaam News. The Guardian reported 26 pro-government fighters killed, including four Syrians among the casualties. The report however stated that the death toll could rise as 60 fighters were injured and several still missing.
The reported also quoted Syrian-based opposition media activist Mohamad Rasheed, who said that the strike caused several explosions in an arms depot in an area known as the Maarin Mountain or Mountain 47, 10km outside the city of Hama. The local activist went on to say that some of the exploding missiles in the arms depot struck parts of Hama. According to the report local residents had to flee their homes.
A report by Reuters quoted Israel’s military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus who stated that “We don’t comment on foreign reports and we have no information at this time”. Similarly, Michael Oren, a deputy minister in the Israeli prime minister’s office declined to comment on questions regarding the strikes raised by Washington Post reporters. Oren did stress that Israel is committed to enforcing its “red lines.” According to SNN, US sources denied that Coalition forces bombed military positions belonging to the Assad regime on April 29th.
Euphrates Post shared satellite imagery of two sites of the 47th Brigade Base near Hama which were “targeted by air raids”.
Troops reported killed: 26-40
Troops reported injured: 57-60
Sources:  Reuters [Archived], Rumaf [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (video) [Arabic] [Archived], The Guardian [Archived], SANA News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Washington Post [Archived], Euphrates Post (3) [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Discounted Coalition action. Most likely Israeli forces attacking a Syrian Military base
Coalition position: Reportedly an Israeli strike

April 29th 2018: (S1564) الجيعه Al Jai’aa village and مشفى القلب al Kalab hospital, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between 25 and 60 regime forces and militia were reported killed as a result of Coalition airstrikes on al Jai’aa village and al Kalab hospital, according to local sources.
Local media reported “violent clashes” between SDF troops and pro-regime forces when the latter had captured the towns of al Husain, al Junaina, al Jai’aa, Shaqra and al-Aleyan in western Deir Ezzor from the SDF.
Shaam News initially reported that Coalition aircraft did not intervene, but later stated that the jets conducted “several airstrikes” leading to the full destruction of al Kalab hospital. These reports of Coalition strikes on al Kalab, “on the southern bank of the Euphrates river”, were reiterated by Sound and Picture and Euphrates Post. It is important to note that, according to several sources, the al Kalab hospital was used as the headquarters of the pro-regime al Baqir Brigade militia.
A tweet by @DeirEzzoreNow reported “60 casualties in the ranks of the regime forces and militias” as a result of the raids by the Coalition. Smart News Agency reported the tally of 25 and mentioned that 50 more regime forces were captured.
Other sources, like the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, mentioned that the “clashes and the sudden attack” caused casualties on both sides but did not report specific injured or killed troops as a result of Coalition airstrikes. Reuters quoted a US army statement which confirmed the attack on SDF forces near Deir Ezzor city by pro-regime forces and stated that the “coalition used established deconfliction channels to de-escalate the situation”, though did not specify which methods were used.
Both Deir Ezzor24 and SNN reported that a large group of civilians has been displaced as a result of the clashes.
Troops reported killed: 25-60
Troops reported injured: unknown
Sources:  SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived],Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], DeirEzzoreNow [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Suhaib al Hasskawi [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Abd al Rahman al Khudar [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SDF Press [Arabic] [Archived], SDF (Facebook) [Arabic] [Archived], SDF (Facebook) (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Reuters[Archived],  SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR (2) [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For April 29th, the Coalition reported that: “On April 29 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets.
One strike took place near Dayr Az Zawr.”

 

May 2018

May 1st 2018: (S1565) القصر al Qasr village, al Hassaka governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, up to thirty civilians were killed and “tens of others” were injured in airstrikes on al Qasr village, also known as al Fadel, near the Syrian-Iraqi border in the Tal al Jayer area of al Hassaka governorate. Reports identified both the Coalition and the Iraqi air force as the likely culprit.
Most sources reported 25 or more civilians killed. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported a lower tally of “at least 13”, whereas SNN detailed the higher figure of 30 civilians killed. Nearly all reports detailed that many women and children were among the killed and injured. Bukmalna described it as “a massacre against the al Jabour tribe”, but was the only source mentioning the tribal background of the victims.
An Al Khabour correspondent detailed that the bombing “targeted al Sheikh petrol station” where “the largest concentrations of displaced people in the region” are settled. The reporter stated that the bodies were buried in a mass grave in the town of Tel Jair.
A number of sources published the names of the civilians killed in the strike. Marsad al Hassaka reported the most comprehensive list, which included the names mentioned by all other sources:
Zahra Ahmed Al – Omar,  the wife of Badi’ Al – Khashman Al – Fadhel
Abdullah Badi’ Al-Khashman 16 years old
Siham Badi’ Al – Khashman
Khadija Badi’ al-Khashmanand her child
The entire family of Abdul Salam Badi Khashman
His wife Hind Nuhair al – Fadel and her three children
The entire family of Abdul Qadir Badi Khashman
His wife and three children
The family of Abd al-Salam al Omar’s wifeand his children (Abd al-Salam al Omar himself and his son Munther survived the attack)
Fatima Abdel Salam al Omar, 8 years old
Ahmed Abdel Salam Al – Omar, 7 years old
Abdulqader Abdel Salam al Omar,  5 years old
Haneen Abdel Salam al Omar, 3 years old
Anfal Abdel Salam al Omar, 5 months old
The entire family of Khattab al Fadel, he and one of his 6-year-old daughters survived
Among those named as missing were Hammad Ahmed Al-Omar, and Thamer Abdul Hamid Al-Omar.
Local journalist Mudar al Assad confirmed to Zaman al Wasl that most of the victims of the bombing were children, women and elderly members of the Khashman al-Assad family and pointed out that “the air raid targeted them as they slept in their homes last night.”
Other sources, including Sound and Picture, reported that “war planes coming from the side of #Iraq” were behind the initial airstrikes. Al Sham al Fadha tweeted that “The Iraqi Shiite crowd targets al Qasr village in al-Shadadi  inside Syria”. Marsad al Hassaka stated that the “Iraqi Popular Militia Units (PMU)” subsequently struck the village with rockets, which “hindered the ambulance getting to the wounded from the Coalition bombing”. A Euphrates Post reporter reiterated this in an interview with Orient News, stating that “they were also targeted again during the rescue operation from the raid.” In the same item, the reporter claims ISIS were no longer present in the village. An Al Jisr report reiterated that the PMU at the Tal Safok border crossing fired “dozens of mortars and artillery shells” on ISIS positions in Syria.
Most sources however, including the Syrian Network for Human Rights, identified the Coalition as the primary culprit.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights instead emphasized that it was not known whether the airstrikes “belong to the Iraqi Air Force or to the International Coalition”.
On May 6th the Iraq National Army tweeted a video of the Air Force carrying out airstrikes “against Daesh leadership HQs in the al Dashisha area inside Syrian territory”. This report was reiterated by Kurdistan 24. However, Hassaka Youth Union stated that this was in fact a video of the raid on the village of al Qasr. Airwars researchers have reached out to the source and are waiting for clarification to verify whether or not the video is related to this specific incident.
Nedaa quoted local sources reporting that “buildings located in al Sheikh fuel station, which housed displaced people from Deir Ezzor and Iraq were targeted killing 30 people”. The report went on to say that that the Coalition killed 23 more civilians in the village of al Fadil. Al Sharq News also reported on both incidents, but noted that there “were conflicting reports about the second massacre”. Indeed, it is important to stress that in a private conversation, Hassaka Youth told Airwars researchers that the village of al Fadil does not exist. The sources are likely referring to the same incident in al Qasr, in which some of the casualties were from the al Fadil tribe – accidentally confusing the tribe for a village.
It is important to note that in a private conversation with Airwars, CJTF’s director of public affairs confirmed that some Iraqi air and artillery strikes against ISIS targets within Syria are now being counted as Coalition actions – though with Baghdad still also conducting unilateral actions. This means that all recent civilian harm events allegedly involving Iraqi aircraft in Syria are now potentially Coalition civilian casualty events.
Civilians reported killed: 24-30, including up to 14 children and up to 5 women
Civilians reported injured: 10-20
Sources:Hassaka Youth Union [Arabic] [Archived], Boukamalna [Arabic] [Archived], Ahmad Awwad [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka (3) [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka (4) [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], Al Jisr [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR (2) [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], SANA [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Al Sham al Fadha [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Iraq National Army [Arabic] [Archived], Kurdistan 24[Arabic] [Archived], Hassaka Youth Union [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Suhaib al Hasskawi [Arabic] [Archived],Nedaa [Arabic] [Archived], Al Sharq News [Arabic] [Archived], Eldorar [Arabic] [Archived], Horrya [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting:Fair – although both Coalition and Iraq military are mentioned
Coalition position: For May 1st, the Coalition reported that “On May 1 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of five engagements against Daesh targets.
[…] Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed two headquarters buildings.”

May 10th 2018: (S1571) الباغوز Baghouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, twelve civilians including three women were killed and dozens were wounded by an airstrike on the town of Baghouz. All reports identified the Coalition as the culprit.
A local source told Smart News that jets had targeted the village under the control of so-called Islamic State – but did not provide any more details.
Nedaa-sy News stated that Coalition aircraft targeted the town “with many rockets”. Etilaf News mentioned that apart from killing and injuring civilians, these bombardments on “several areas east of Deir al-Zour” resulted in the displacement of 130 families in the “direction of the Badia Shami.”
Civilians reported killed: 12
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Smart News [Arabic] [Archived], Fresh-Syria [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived],Nedaa-sy News [Arabic] [Archived], Etilaf News [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details
Coalition position: For May 10th, the Coalition reported that: “On May 10 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against Daesh targets.
Three strikes took place near Abu Kamal.
Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed one Daesh artillery piece.”

 

May 11th 2018: (S1572) قرية الحمادي Al Hammadi, Al Hasaka governorate, Syria
Summary: Coalition raids on the village of al Hammadi resulted in the deaths of up to eight civilians, including three children and five women. The village in the area of Abu Hamda is located close to the Iraqi-Syrian border and according to Al Khabour, is only the size of ten houses. In July 2018 the Coalition conceded killing four civilians in the event.
Most sources shared a list identifying the victims of the strikes:
Maryam Al-Obaid, wife of Ahmed Al Aziz Al-Hammadi
Sheikh Al Aziz
Al Aziz wife, pregnant
Rood Al Aziz
Fatima Al Aziz
Three children Qais and Ahmed and Maryam Al Aziz
Local sources reported to Zaman al Wasl that the father of the “Aziz Al Hammadi family” was the only one to survive the shelling.
Hasaka Marsad confirmed the death ofQais, Ahmad and Maryam and included photos of the children. According to the media outlet, the airstrike that hit the house of their grandfather was admitted by the Iraqi military. The report went on to say that “Baghdad” had “targeted one of the headquarters of State Organization”, referring to an ISIS HQ. The report is however alone in identifying the Iraqi air force as the culprit. Most likely, Hasaka Marsad is basing this on a video tweeted by the Iraqi Defense Ministry allegedly showing an air strike by F16 on an ISIS HQ “in the area of Dashaisha”. Although al Hammadi is located in this general area, a specific date or a more precise location of the strike is not mentioned in the video – making it difficult to asses whether or not this is related to this incident.
Ahmed Hammad al-Assaad, head of the Jabour clan in southern Hasaka, told Step News that the victims were from the same family who were in their house when they were targeted by the alleged Coalition strike. He stressed: “The situation is not safe for civilians, the final victim of all parties, and US aircraft bombed the homes of civilians who have nothing to do or belong to any party”.
Hassaka Youth Union posted photos and an al A’amaq video (which was also shared in a tweet by Iinews), the ISIS media wing, allegedly showing the destruction after the raids.
It is important to note that in a private conversation with Airwars, CJTF’s director of public affairs confirmed that some Iraqi air and artillery strikes against ISIS targets within Syria are now being counted as Coalition actions – though with Baghdad still also conducting unilateral actions. This means that all recent civilian harm events allegedly involving Iraqi aircraft in Syria are now potentially Coalition civilian casualty events.
In July 2018 the Coalition accepted responsibility, noting: “May 11, 2018, near al-Hamadi village, al-Hassakahh, Syria, via social media report. During a strike on Daesh-held building, four civilians were unintentionally killed.” It gave coordinates for the event, to within 100m, as  36° 1.334′ N, 41° 10.442′ E.
Civilians reported killed: 8, including 3 children and 5 women
Civilians reported injured: Uknown
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], Hasakah News [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasakah [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], Shaam Network [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived],Fresh Syria [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Eldorar [Arabic] [Archived], Arabic RT [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @f_13l [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Alraseddei [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by@HalabTodayTv [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @HadiAlAbdallah [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Syr_Rev_News[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @soheb9933 [Arabic] [Archived], Hassaka Youth Union (1) [Arabic] [Archived],Hassaka Youth Union (2) (al A’amaq video) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Iinews (al A’amaq video) [Arabic] [Archived], Hasaka Marsad [Arabic] [Archived], Iraq Ministry of Defence Facebook (video) [Arabic] [Archived],Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Oriend News [Arabic] [Archived], Coalition monthly report (July 2018),
Quality of reporting: Confirmed Coalition event. Previously classed by Airwars as Fair.
Coalition position: For May 11th, the Coalition reported that “On May 11 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of six engagements against Daesh targets.
[…] Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed four Daesh-held buildings.”

May 12th 2018: (S1573) قرية هداج , Hadaj, Al Hasaka governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that up to ten civilians were killed, including five women and four children,  in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the village of Hadaj.
A tweet by @NDhoms1 was the only source stating that “10 civilians, including 8 women and children” died. All other sources specifically mentioned the death of “5 women and 4 children” as a result of a Coalition raid. A report by Eldorar made mention of “several others” injured in the attack.
Both Alikhbaria.Sy, a pro-regime news organisation, and RT Arabic mentioned the strike on Hadaj and the above-mentioned incident in al Hammadi in the same report.
Civilians reported killed: 9-10, including 5 women and 4 children
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Arabic RT [Arabic] [Archived], Alikhbaria.Sy (pro-regime media) [Arabic] [Archived], Eldorar [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @NDhoms1 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @lionesshala13 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Thyar_active [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though with no confirmed Coalition strikes in the vicinity.
Coalition position: For May 12th, the Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in the Hasaka governorate.

May 13th 2018: (S1574) صبيخان Sabikhan, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, the Coalition allegedly targeted regime forces in the town of Sabikhan, killing two members of the “national defense militias” on the night of May 13th.
According to Step News Agency, Coalition forces had already targeted regime forces in Sabikhan with artillery strikes and later conducted airstrikes “in the same area”.
A report by Nedaa stated that the two killed fighters were “leaders of the ‘Fatmiyun’ Afghan and Hezbollah guerrillas”. The news agency reported that pro-regime sources had identified the two men as Sayed Nasser Husseini, an Afghan national, and Mohammed Adnan Beaz, a Lebanese Hezbollah member. The report went on to say that in addition to the two identified fighters, a number of their troops who were not identified, were killed as well – but is alone in saying this.
Troops reported killed: 2-4
Troops reported injured:
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Smart [Arabic] [Archived], Nedaa [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For May 13th, the Coalition reported that “On May 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of nine engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed one Daesh supply route and three Daesh VBIED factories.”

May 14th 2018: (I677)  السفينة و حويجة Mashraq village [reported by some as Hawija or Safina villages], Nineveh province, Iraq
Summary: According to local reports, airstrikes targeted villages south of Mosul on the morning of May 14th and resulted in considerable damage – and injured between two and five civilians. The Coalition later conceded killing 13 civilians in the event.
Yaqein quoted a local source that stated that “An aircraft believed to be an American fired two large missiles on the village of Hawija south of Mosul”. The source added that “the rockets fell near the houses of the population, which resulted in the injury of five civilians”. All other sources also noted that the strikes took place south of Mosul, but identified the strike location as the village of al Safina. Ajl News reported that the “unknown bombing” targeted the villages of al Sefena, Mashraq, Talul Nasser, Nimrod and was believed to be executed by an “international Coalition aircraft”.
The security information center of the Ministry of Defense reported that a Coalition airstrike struck north of al-Qayarah base and injured 13 civilians. The center noted that “the injured were taken to the hospital, where ten of them left after receiving treatment while 3 remain in the hospital.”
Sputnik quoted an Iraqi security source who stated that two civilians were injured and that the aircraft may be either affiliated with the Coalition or the Iraqi air force. The source also mentioned that the strike may have been “made by mistake” as Iraqi forces had already liberated the Nineveh province from ISIS.
A local source told Yaqein that “the security forces carried the wounded to a military hospital in Mosul.”
In July 2018 the Coalition admitted responsibility, noting: “May 14, 2018, near Mishraq village, Iraq, via self-report. During a strike on Daesh campsite, thirteen civilians were unintentionally killed.” It gave coordinates for the event (within 100m) as 35° 34.624′ N, 43° 20.740′ E.
Civilians reported killed: 13
Civilians reported injured: 2-5
Sources: Yaqein [Arabic] [Archived], Ajl News [Arabic] [Archived], Abas Al Zegeir [Arabic] [Archived], Security Information Center [Arabic] [Archived], Yaqein [Arabic] [Archived], Sputnik News [Arabic] [Archived], Coalition monthly report (July 2018),
Quality of reporting: Confirmed civilian harm event. Was previously graded by Airwars as Contested.
Coalition position: For May 14th, the Coalition reported that: “On May 14 in Iraq, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against Daesh targets.
Near Qayyarah, one strike destroyed one Daesh campsite.”

May 14th 2018: (S1575) الباغوز Al Baghouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to a single source, several civilians were wounded as a result of Iraqi and Coalition airstrikes on the village of Al Baghouz on May 15th.
Multiple sources stated that the Syrian Defense Forces, supported by the International Coalition and in coordination with Iraqi forces, took control of the town of Al Baghouz on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Al Haal quoted Faisal Sayed, an Abu Kamal resident, who stated that “Iraqi and international coalition planes targeted IS positions”. In an earlier statement to Al Haal, the source confirmed that the bombing led to “several civilians wounded” but did not identify whether this was a result of Coalition or Iraqi airstrikes. Marsad al Hassaka published an almost exact copy of the report.
Some sources, like a tweet by @DeirEzzoreNow, mentioned that the Coalition targeted locations within the town of al Baghouz and its outskirts. However, Airwars researchers did not identify any other public reporting mentioning civilian harm. A report by Zaman al Wasl also stated that the SDF People’s Protection Unit said in a statement that it had taken control of the village.
Civilians reported killed:
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Al Haal [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @DeirEzzoreNow [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @DeirEzzoreNow (2) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Al Rased [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Al Haal (2) [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Poor, contested
Coalition position: For May 15th, the Coalition reported that: “On May 15 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of nine engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed one Daesh command and control center, one Daesh vehicle, one Daesh-held building and one Daesh IED facility.
Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed four Daesh command and control centers.”

 

May 16th 2018: (S1576) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Four civilians were reported killed and 14 injured following airstrikes on the Filasteen neighbourhood of al Soussa, with the Coalition believed to be responsible.
A resident of Abu Kamal told Al Haal that Coalition aircraft targeted the village with more than five raids – with one of them hitting a motorcycle market. According to the report this resulted in the deaths of four civilians and the injuring of 14. Several sources reported that al Sha’afa and Hajin were also targeted by both Coalition airstrikes and “artillery shelling by the forces of the SDF”.
Step mentioned in its report that civilians were wounded when an ISIS vehicle was targeted – also killing four ISIS fighters. According to Deir Ezzor Media Centre the civilians had been “nearby” when the vehicle was hit. Radio al Kull however stated that four civilians were in fact killed as they were on board the targeted vehicle as detainees. Sound and Picture was the only media outlet stating that dozens of civilians were injured.
Euphrates Post initially reported that civilians were injured and killed by “an artillery bombardment”, but later concluded that four civilians and a number of wounded as a result of a raid by a military aircraft in the afternoon. A later report by the news organization also provided the names and photos of the four killed civilians:
Hussein Ali Al-Saeed
Mohammed Ali Al Musleh
Louay Karkaz al Rawi
Ali al-Awad
Civilians reported killed: 4 – and up to 8 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 3-24
Sources: tweet by @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture[Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (3) [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor Media Centre [Arabic] [Archived], SDF Press Report [Arabic] [Archived], Sada al Sham [Arabic] [Archived], Orient News[Arabic] [Archived], Al Haall [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Radio al Kull [Arabic] [Archived],SOHR (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Al Bawaba [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Smart[Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position:For May 15th, the Coalition reported that: “On May 15 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of nine engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, eight strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed one Daesh command and control center, one Daesh vehicle, one Daesh-held building and one Daesh IED facility.”

May 20th 2018: (S1578) هجين Hajin and/or  الشعفة al Sha’afa , Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A local monitor reported that a number of civilians were injured after the towns of Hajin and al Sha’afa were shelled on May 20th.
According to Sound and Vision, the “continuous bombardment by French artillery aimed at the city of Hajin and the town of al Sha’afa” harmed non-combatant civilians. The report however failed to provide any more details.
Other sources, like the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also reported “rocket shelling by French and American forces on sites and areas controlled by ISIS”. None of these local reports however made mention of any civilians harmed as a result of these clashes.
Civilians reported killed:
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 (2) [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency[Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently a single source claim
Coalition position: For May 20th, the Coalition reported that: “On May 20 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed one Daesh fighting position and one Daesh supply route.”

 

May 22nd 2018: (S1578a) الشعفة al Sha’afa , Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to a single report, three civilians were killed at al Sha’afa during what was described as French artillery shelling from Coalition forces.
According to Asia News, “Three civilians were killed and others were wounded in the village of Al-Shaafa in the eastern suburb of Deir Al-Zour, as a result of artillery shelling carried out from positions occupied by French troops near the village of Bagouz Fouqani in the same area.”
No other claims related to this event are presently known.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Civilians reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Asia News [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: For May 22nd 2018 the Coalition reported the following: “On May 22 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of eight engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed one Daesh fighting position.
Near Al Shadaddi, one strike destroyed one Daesh tunnel system.”
France has confirmed carrying out 34 artillery missions targeting the Euphrates Valley between May 16th-22nd: “La Task Force Wagram en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech présentes dans la vallée de l’Euphrate
Les artilleurs de la Task Force Wagram demeurent engagés en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech dans la vallée de l’Euphrate.
Depuis le lancement de l’offensive le 1er mai, ils ont d’ores et déjà réalisé 84 missions de tirs.”

 

May 23rd 2018: (S1578b) هجين Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Self-reporting by the US-led Coalition identified four civilians killed in a strike in the vicinity of Hajin in Deir Ezzor. Local reports at the time made no reference to civilian harm.
According to a Coalition report issued September 27th 2018, “May 23, 2018, near Hajin, Syria, via self-report. During a strike four civilians were unintentionally killed.” The co-ordinates for the event to within 100m were given as 34°41’26.4″N 40°51’05.5″E.
This incident was not tracked by Airwars researchers at the time. A subsequent search has identified a number of reports relating to heavy fighting in the village that day – though with no specific claims of civilian harm.
Shaam Media noted for example “The launch of six rockets from al Omar the oil field in the direction of the city of Hajin a few hours ago.” The Syrian Observatory reported “the International Coalition fired 12 missiles at least believed to be ground-to-ground, from Al-Omar Oilfield in the first round of shelling, while in the second round, they fired 8 missiles at east of the same kind, which caused material damage, without information about casualties.” It also reported clashes at Hajin and said 4 ISIS fighters had been killed in a strike.
On May 24th, Xeber News reported that “French and US troops have deployed alongside Syria’s democratic forces in the hills overlooking the town of Hajin and the headquarters of Radio Daesh in the countryside of Deir al-Zour, liberated by Syria’s democratic forces with the support and cooperation of French, US and British forces earlier. The correspondent of the site Xeber 24 reported  a military source from the countryside of Deir al-Zour saying that the preparation for the liberation of the town of Hijn from the hands of ISIS is underway after besieging from all sides by French and US forces along with the Syrian Democratic Forces overlooking the town. He pointed out that the level of coordination is very high between the French and US forces and Syria’s democratic forces and that coalition aircraft do not leave the skies of the region.”
Civilians reported killed: 4
Civilians reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Coalition monthly casualty report September 2018, Shaam Media tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Xeber News [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (1)[Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (3) [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (4) [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Confirmed Coalition civilian harm event
Coalition position: For May 23rd 2018, the Coalition reported at the time that “On May 23 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 30 engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, 15 strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed four Daesh-held buildings, four Daesh fighting positions, one Daesh vehicle and two Daesh command and control centers.
Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed one Daesh anti-aircraft weapon, two Daesh fighting positions and two Daesh IED belts.”
France reported that between May 23rd and 29th, its Task Force Wagram conducted 11 artillery firing missions on the Euphrates Valley: “La Task Force Wagram demeure engagée en appui de l’offensive contre les dernières poches de Daech dans la vallée de l’Euphrate. Depuis le lancement de l’offensive le 1er mai, 95 missions de tirs ont été réalisées, dont 11 sur la semaine écoulée (bilan du 23 au 29 mai).”

 

May 27th 2018: (S1579) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, two civilians were killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the town of Al Soussa.
Euphrates Post, Lawhat Bukmalna and Deir Ezzor 24 reported that Issa Mohammed al-Debs, an Abu Kamal local, was killed by an air raid on the Boubdran district of Al Soussa “last Sunday”. Lawhat Bukmalna later clarified that the incident took place on May 27th. The source also stressed that one civilian was killed in the strike, along with several civilians injured.
However, Euphrates Post and Masar Press also reported the “martyrdom of a woman” in the same district of Al Soussa, on a Sunday but did not provide a name. A later report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights confirmed that both civilians were killed as “International Coalition warplanes fired missiles on al Boubadran neighborhood in al Sousa town”.
Civilians reported killed: 2, including a woman
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Lawhat Bukmalna [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Masar Press [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For May 27th, the Coalition reported that: “On May 27 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of five engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed three Daesh fighting positions.”

May 28th 2018: (S1580) الباغوز Al Baghouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source reported that three civilians were killed after an air raid targeted the village of al Baghouz.
Sound and Picture stated that the three civilians were killed after “air strikes from a combat aircraft coming from the Iraqi side” struck the village in the countryside of Abu Kamal. While the source was alone in saying this, several other reports made mention of Coalition airstrikes on al Baghouz in which “several members of Daesh were killed”.
Civilians reported killed: 3, and an unspecified number of ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: tweet by DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Press Centre [Arabic] [Archived], Qasioun News [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Poor
Coalition position: For May 28th, the Coalition reported no airstrikes in Syria.

May 31st 2018: (S1581) الباغوز Al Baghouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, Coalition airstrikes and artillery shelling on the town of Al Baghouz led to the deaths of up to nine civilians, including two or three children.
Deir Ezzor 24 stated in a tweet that “the bombing by warplanes” took place “at dawn”. A number of sources, including Shaam News, reported that these airstrikes were accompanied by “land to land missile attacks by the international Coalition forces located in al Omar oil field”. A Step News correspondent detailed that the artillery strikes originated from French troops who targeted “the outskirts of the town, Bagouz Fawqani, and the towns of Al-Shafa, Al-Sousse”.
The victims were identified in a tweet by Al Rased:
Sallouh Al-Attiyah
Saad Al-Yousef
Ammar Al-Fazza
Bassam Al-Qasim
Abdullah Al-Qasim
Two of Khairallah’s children
One of Fantal’s children
Euphrates Post later listed one more “anonymous martyr” and Khair Allah al-Qasim and his wife who were injured as a result of the shelling.
Civilians reported killed: 7-9, including 2 children
Civilians reported injured: 2
Sources: Hajin Magazine [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Boukamalna [Arabic] [Archived], SNN News [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Al Rased [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Step News [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News [Arabic] [Archived], SNHR [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For May 31st, the Coalition reported that “On May 31 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed three Daesh vehicles, one Daesh command and control center and one Daesh fighting position.”

May 31st 2018: (S1582) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Multiple sources reported on the death of one civilian as a result of an airstrike on Al Soussa.
Euphrates Post and Masar Press both stated that the civilian casualty was a result of a drone strike. Euphrates Post went on to say that the drone had targeted an ISIS vehicle – and that shrapnel from the car had caused the death of the civilian. The report also identified the non combatant victim as Awad Al-Hamid Al-Fahad.
Damascus Now and a tweet by Samidoun Press mentioned the Coalition as the culprit.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Damascus Now [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Samidoun Press[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Masar Press [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For May 31st, the Coalition reported that “On May 31 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed three Daesh vehicles, one Daesh command and control center and one Daesh fighting position.”

 

 

May 31st 2018: (S1583) قرية هداج Hadaj village, Al Hasakah governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that up to twelve people from one family, including between two and four children and four women, were killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the Hadaj village.
According to Amc-Sy, eight members of the Awwad al Latif family were killed and others wounded when their homes were struck on a Friday night. Euphrates Post reiterated this statement, but detailed that the strike happened “after breakfast”. In a later report, the same media outlet also shared a list of 10 victims it said were killed:
Al Haj Awad Al Latif
Wife of Al  Haj Awad Nujood
Sons of Awad Al Latif (Habib, Mohammed and Amira)
Wife of Habib Awad Latif “Nadia”
Four children from the family of Al Haj Awad Latif
The report went on to say that the only survivor of Mohammed’s family was Amal al-Ghanim.
Ahmad Al-Ass’ad, head of the Jabour tribe in southern Hasakah, said in a statement to Step News that the raids had targeted shops owned by Awad Al-Latif Al-Awada. Moreover, the report stated that “The American base in al-Shaddadi fired two missiles at the same site”. Al Jazeera also noted that the strikes happened “in conjunction with rocket attacks from remote locations” and mentioned that helicopters were also present during the attack.
While most sources reported the death of eight civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the highest tally of twelve civilians killed.
Civilians reported killed: 8-12, including 2-4 children and 4 women
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Amc-Sy [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Qamishli_today [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @suriye_u_a_d [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Hasakah News [Arabic] [Archived], Al Hasaka Arabea [Arabic] [Archived], Step News [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Ahmad M. Zaidan [Arabic] [Archived], Jisir TV [Arabic] [Archived], Fresh Syria [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Aksalser [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Syriancoalition [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Addouniatv(pro-regime media) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Suriye_u_a_d [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @HalabTodayTV[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @IkwhanSyria [Arabic] [Archived], SANA News [Arabic] [Archived], Al Jazeera[Arabic] [Archived], Sputnik News Arabic [Arabic] [Archived], Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archived],   SOHR [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For May 31st, the Coalition reported that “On May 31 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. […] Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed two Daesh command and control centers.”

 

June 2018

June 1st 2018: (S1584) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, one man was killed as a result of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Soussa.
Deir Ezzor 24 identified the victim as Mohammed al-Ali Khalifa al-Hamada. The report went on to say that “an affiliate of the International Alliance” had targeted one of the town’s internet cafes near the gas station. According to the local source, several ISIS fighters were also killed in the strike. A tweet by @AlRaseddei also reported the injury of Mohammed al-Awaid whose legs were amputated as a result of the bombing.
7al quoted Faisal al-Sayyid, a resident of Abu Kamal, who reported the highest tally of six civilians killed and 15 others injured. The media outlet is alone in saying this. However, some sources, like Baladi News, have reported six ISIS fighters that were killed in addition to the two civilian casualties.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that a number of explosions were heard “at dawn today” and were likely caused by Coalition raids targeting “a house, a fuel station and an Internet lounge in the town controlled by the Islamic State.”
Civilians reported killed: 1-6, + 6 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 1-15
Sources: tweet by DeirEzzor24[Arabic] [Archived], 7al News [Arabic] [Archived], Arabi Today [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Jisr TV [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Samidonsy [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @IkwhanSyria [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @HalabTodayTV [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by@AlRaseddei [Arabic] [Archived], AlsuosahVillage [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (video) [Arabic] [Archived],Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Step News [Arabic] [Archived],SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (3) [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 1st, the Coalition stated that “On June 1 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of nine engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, four strikes [1 British] destroyed one Daesh tunnel and one Daesh held-building.”

June 2nd 2018: (S1585) قرية هداج Hadaj village [Hassan al Ali], Al Hasakah governorate,Syria
Summary: Local sources reported the deaths of two civilians and several others injured as a result of a Coalition airstrike on the village of “Hadaj West”.
Al Hasaka Arabea, among several other sources, identified the couple as Abdish al-Issa and his wife Radsa Al Hardan who were killed when their house was targeted by a Coalition airstrike. Baladi News additionally mentioned that other family members were injured, but did not provide any more details. While the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that the bombardment took place in the evening, Euphrates Post said the raids took place around 5am. Moreover, the media outlet stated that apart from the couple, two of their children were also killed. Both the “martyrdom of a whole family” and the time of the airstrike were reiterated by Marsad al Hassaka.
Zaman al Wasl reported the highest tally of five civilians said to be killed “at dawn today as a result of shelling their house in the village of “Hassan al-Ali” (Hadaj Gharbi)”. Sana News made mention of the death of a 90-year-old-man, and his wife and son who were seriously wounded as a result of an airstrike on Hassan al Ali. It is important to note that the village of Hadaj is also known as Hassan al Ali.
Civilians reported killed: 2-5, including 2 children
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Al Hasaka Arabea [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Sana News (pro-regime media) [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 2nd, the Coalition stated that “On June 2 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of 11 engagements against Daesh targets.
[…] Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes destroyed 15 Daesh-held buildings.”

 

June 2nd/3rd 2018: (S1586) جب الجراح Jib al Jarrah military airport near مسكنة Maskana, eastern Aleppo, Syria
Summary: According to a single source, a number of Iranian troops were injured and killed when Israeli airstrikes targeted the Jar Al-Jarrah military airport near the city of Maskana.
In a Facebook post, Free Deir Ezzor Broadcast reported  that the airport which is also known as ‘Kashish’ was used as a base by “the militias of the Hezbollah”. The report did not specify the number of casualties, but stated that there were “a number of dead and injured as a result of the raids”.
In a tweet, Colonel Khaled Mustapha reported explosions at “the headquarters of Air Force 39” at Jab al-Jarrah but did not mention any casualties among the troops that are stationed there.
Troops reported killed: unknown
Troops reported injured: unknown
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor Broadcast [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Colonel Khaled Mustapha [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Poor – single-sourced
Coalition position: Reportedly Israeli strike.

 

June 3rd 2018: (S1587) Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, Coalition aircraft targeted the town of Al Soussa, which reportedly resulted in two killed civilians and an unspecified number of people injured.
Initially Step News Agency  reported that civilians were wounded the towns of al Soussa, Al-Aleyat and Bubradan were targeted by airstrikes. In a later report, the media outlet specified that “the bodies of two civilians were found after being hit by shelling in the town of Sousse” by the Coalition.
In a Facebook post, Al Soussa Youth Union detailed that the home of Ali al Aswad in the Boubadran neighbourhood of Al Soussa was struck. However, in the comments it is mentioned that this  home was in fact hit a week ago. Airwars has assessed an incident in that same neighbourhood last week, but without a match with the names of the victims it is difficult to assess whether the house in the Boubadran neighbourhood was actually struck a week before.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Step News [Arabic] [Archived], Step News (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth [Arabic] [Archived],Eldorar [Arabic] [Archived], Step News (3) [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details
Coalition position: For June 3rd, the Coalition stated that “On June 3 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 28 strikes consisting of 42 engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, 22 strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh fighting position, one Daesh logistics hub, four Daesh vehicles and one Daesh line of communication.”

June 4th 2018: (S1589) Al Jazza village, southern Hassaka, Syria
Summary: Several sources reported up to fourteen civilians killed, including five children and an unspecified number of women, when Coalition aircraft allegedly targeted the village of Al Jazza near al Dashisha, in southern Hassaka.
Marsad al Hassaka stated that the bombardment took place “at dawn today” and caused the death of eight civilians, among which were members of the al Mudhi family. The source also claimed that “internationally banned cluster bombs” were used in the strike. Zaman al Wasl also made mention of the specific munitions used, stating that the Coalition “bombed the village of ‘Jazaa’ north of the town of ‘al Dashisha’ with cluster munitions”, killing and wounding about 10 people.
Baladi News reported the highest tally: fourteen civilians, mostly women and children and “dozens seriously injured”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported eleven civilians killed, including five children. SOHR stressed that the death toll is expected to rise due to the critical situation that some victims were in and the fact that there were still people missing underneath the rubble caused by the strike.
Step News Agency reported a death toll of fourteen civilians. However, Al Hayat has made clear that this number is based on the total number of civilians casualties in that area since the start of the month.
Cluster munitions are not known to be used by Coalition or Iraqi forces – though have been documented as being fired by both Assad government and Russian aircraft.  There is however confirmation through tweets from the ‘SDF  Front’ and the Iraqi mobilization that they launched a campaign in the vicinity of the Iraqi-Syrian border near al Dashisha.
Civilians reported killed: 8-14, including 2 to 5 children and 2 or more women
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: SDF Front [Arabic] [Archived], Al Iraq Mobilisation Crowd [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye On Al Hassaka[Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Zamanal Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News[Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Syria TV [Arabic] [Archived], Orient News [Arabic] [Archived], Al Araby al Jadid [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency[Arabic] [Archived], Al Hayat [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 4th, the Coalition stated that “On June 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against Daesh targets.
[…] Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh logistics hub and one Daesh heavy machine gun.”

 

June 4th 2018: (S1590) السايح al Sayeh village, southern Hasaka, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that three civilians were killed by artillery shelling on the village of al Sayeh in southern Hasaka.
In a Facebook post, An Eye on al Hassaka identified “the Kurdish units” as the culprit, referring to SDF forces. This was reiterated by most sources. In addition to the three killed civilians, Al Araby al Jadid also reported a number of injured non-combatants, stating that “mostly children and women” were among the wounded.
Al Khabour also reported on the death of three civilians as a result of an artillery shelling on the same location, but did not relate the incident to the SDF. Moreover, Marsad al Hassaka and Zamanal Wasl reported artillery strikes that “targeted indiscriminately” and caused “the destruction of a number of villages and houses” but did not make mention of civilian casualties.
It is important to note that at present, it is unclear whether or not SDF has access to artillery, indicating a possible Coalition action.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: An Eye on Al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Zamanal Wasl[Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Al Hassaka National News Network [Arabic] [Archived], Al Araby al Jadid [Arabic] [Archived],   Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived],Syria TV [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For June 4th, the Coalition stated that “On June 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against Daesh targets.
[…] Near Al Shadaddi, two strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh logistics hub and one Daesh heavy machine gun.”

 

June 4th 2018: (S1591) الباغوز الفوقاني al Baghouz al Foqani, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, four civilians were allegedly killed by a Coalition airstrike targeting the center of the town of al Baghouz Foqani.
Both Euphrates Post and Deir Ezzor 24 identified two of the people killed as Nader Jassim al-Mardoukh andHussein Ali al-Mardoukh. In a separate report, Euphrates Post identified the third civilian as Rami As’ad Najm al-Dandal. According to Al Haall “more than nine others” were injured.
Although most sources reported that the death of three civilians, a fourth man was later identified. Two days after the strike, a family member posted on Facebook about the death of the engineer Dandal al Sheikh A’dhal al Mushrif al Dandal. Euphrates Post, among others, reported that the man was killed as a result of Coalition airstrikes on Al Baghouz al Foqani. In a private conversation with Airwars researchers, family members stated that they only found out about his death on June 6th – possibly explaining why most sources initially only made mention of three deaths.
Civilians reported killed: 4
Civilians reported injured: 9 or more
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], tweet byDeir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor 24 (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Amiral Mushref al Dandal [Arabic] [Archived],Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Al A’shara My Town [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Al Haall [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 4th, the Coalition reported that “On June 4 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 20 engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, 15 strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed two Daesh fighting positions, one Daesh tactical vehicle, six Daesh vehicles and one Daesh command and control center.”

June 7th 2018: (S1594) خويبيرة Khuweibra village school, منطقة تل الجاير , Tal al Jair, Hasaka governorate, Syria
Summary: According to several sources, ten or eighteen civilians, including women and children, were allegedly killed in a Coalition airstrike on the village of Khuweibra in the Tal al Jair area.
Eye on al Hasaka reported in a Facebook post that “The International Coalition committed a new massacre in the Tal Al Jair area”. An individual in the comment section stated that the Khuweibra school, housing Iraqi refugees, was hit. According to the individual, 18 civilians were killed.
This was later reiterated by several sources, among others by SANA News Agency, which stated that “18 civilians, mostly children and women, were killed in a new massacre committed by the warplanes of US-led international coalition in Khoibra village”.
Marsad al Hasaka, Step News Agency and Shaam News reported a lower tally of 10. The latter media outlet also quoted Coalition spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan who stated that: “We did not detect the injury or death of any civilians as a result of the coalition strikes in Al-Hasakah today”. However, this statement was made regarding strikes that took place on June 11th, whereas the civilian casualty incident in Khuweibra reportedly took place during the night of June 7th or the early hours of June 8th. @CJTFOIR did confirm Iraqi and Coalition artillery targeting the area.
Civilians reported killed: 10-18, including women and children
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Eye On al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], SANA News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Shafaaq [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye on al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SNN (2) [Arabic] [Archived], SNN (3) [Arabic] [Archived], SDF Press [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], Hawar News (SDF associated news agency) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Suhaib al Hasskawi [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @CJTFOIR [Arabic] [Archived], Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 7th, the Coalition reported that “On June 7 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 12 engagements against Daesh targets.
[…] Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes destroyed two Daesh supply routes and one Daesh line of communication.”

 

June 12th 2018: (S1595) السوسة al Soussa , Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source reported one civilian killed and an unspecified number of people injured after the village of al Soussa was shelled.
Al Soussa Youth reported that one person was killed and two others were injured when the house of al-Matar al Luqman was struck. The source also stated that an Iraqi family was wounded, although the report did not specify the number of family members that were harmed in the attack.
The report listed the houses that were targeted in the shelling: the house of Hamid al-Salbi, the roof of al-Khaleef al-Mushrif, the house of al-Matar al-Luqman, one on the property of Habshi al Salbi, one on the farm of Hamed al Sabli, one on the shops of Rafe’ al-Ghannam, a shell near the house of Hamdan al-Salem, two shells fell near al-Ghannam mosque and one near the house of Fallah al Douman.
The report did not identify a culprit. Still, when an individual in the comment section asked whether  the shells were being fired by the Kurds or the regime, Al Soussa Youth replied, “both: the regime is shelling from al Bukamal and the Kurds from Dahrat al Baghouz”.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported explosions that “shook the areas in the enclave controlled by the “Islamic State” organization” in the areas near al Soussa, caused by SDF shelling. The observatory however also noted that there was “no information about casualties caused by the shelling”. Other sources, like SNN, also reported on “heavy artillery shelling” by the SDF without making claims of civilian harm.
It is important to note that presently it is unclear whether or not SDF has access to artillery.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 5-6
Sources: Al Soussa Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Raed Syrian [Arabic] [Archived], Al Araby [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For June 12th, the Coalition reported that “On June 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit.”

 

June 12th 2018: (S1596) حسون الباشا Hassoun al Basha village, Tal al Shayer village, South east Hassaka countryside, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported the death of up to twelve civilians from the same family and up to eight more injured as a result of an alleged Coalition airstrike on the village of Hassoun al Basha near Tal al Shayer.
According to a SANA reporter Coalition bombardments on civilian houses claimed the lives of “12 civilians from Hassoun al-Basha’s family and injuring two others of the same family”. This reporting was supported by several other media outlets, although Marsad al Hasaka, Step News Agency and An Eye on Al Hassaka both mentioned that the “massacre” took place after a civilian car was targeted.
Marsad al Hassaka, Euphrates Post and An Eye On al Hassaka, among others, published a list of the civilians killed and wounded:
Hassoun Pasha Al Ahmad
Hussein Hassoun Al-Basha
Shaimaa Faisal Hassoun Al-Basha [F]
Remas Faisal Hassoun Al-Basha [F]
Baidaa  Faisal Hassoun Al – Basha [F]
Inas Faisal Hassoun Al-Basha [F]
Jamil Al-Ibrahim
Mariam Khallouf El Hassan [F]
A’had Hassan Al hassoun
Shahad Hassan Al-Hassoun [F]
Names of the wounded
Faisal Hassoun Al – Basha
Alaa Faisal Al Basha
[Mohamed Hassoun El Basha]
Ayesh al – Basha
Tarek Al-Muhaimed
Duaa Tariq Al Mahaimed
Fahad Hassan Al – Hassoun
[Khadija Hussein Al Ali]
Several sources later reported that Mohammed Hassoun al-Basha, initially listed as wounded as a result of the airstrike, died as a result of his injuries on June 13th at dawn. Multiple sources also reported that Khadija Hussein al Ali, aged thirty, died of her injuries.
Although most sources identified the location of the incident als Hassoun al Basha, a small settlement that is named after the family that inhabits it, others mention Abu Hamdah as the location where the family was harmed by an airstrike.
Civilians reported killed: 10-12, including 6 women and 4 children
Civilians reported injured: 2-8
Sources: Al Araby [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], SANA News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], Hassaka Youth Union [Arabic] [Archived], Hassaka Youth Union (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Ibrahim Hbsh (admin of Hassaka Youth Union) [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye On Al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye On Al Hassaka (2) [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye On al Hassaka (3) [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye On Al Hassaka (4) [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR (2) [Arabic] [Archived],Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Suhaib al Hasskawi [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor Now [Arabic] [Archived], Orient News [Arabic] [Archived], Masar Press [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor Now (2)[Arabic] [Archived], Al Jisr TV [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], SNN (2) [Arabic] [Archived],Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka (5) [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka (6)[Arabic] [Archived], An Eye on Al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye on Al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor Now (3) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Free Syria Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], LCCSY [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Saad_Alsabr [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 12th, the Coalition reported that “On June 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against Daesh targets. […] Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed two Daesh fighting positions and three Daesh lines of communication.”

June 13th 2018: (S1598) الحردان Al Hardoun, Hassaka governorate, Syria
Summary: Two to four civilians were killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the village of al Hardoun.
Marsad al Hassaka stated that the house of Mohammed Ahmed Hardan was targeted at “dawn today”, where he was killed with his three children and left his wife injured. Zaman al Wasl quoted a local activist who stated that both Mohammed and Manaf al Hardan were killed in the attack and a woman and a small child from the same family were brought to the hospital. The report identified the location of the strike as “Mita’afeen”, which is likely another name for al Hardoun village.
Civilians reported killed: 2-4, including up to three children
Civilians reported injured: 1-2
Sources: Hassaka Youth Union [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived],Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Al Jazeera[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Suhaib al Hasskawi [Arabic] [Archived], SANA [Arabic] [Archived], Al Khabar[Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 13th, the Coalition reported that “On June 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. […] Near Al Shadaddi, three strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed one Daesh tactical vehicle, one Daesh line of communication and one Daesh headquarters.”

 

June 13th 2018: (S1599) الباغوز Al Baghouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, up to four civilians, including women and children, were killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Baghouz.
Step News Agency reported that two women and one girl were killed and another person injured. The Syrian Network for Human Rights however stated that in fact two children and one woman had perished.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights detailed that the airstrikes had targeted a house of an ISIS member, which killed his daughter and granddaughter and injured others. Euphrates Post added that “two daughters of Jamal al-Ali’s and one of Ra’ad Al-Jamal’s sons” were killed “and a large number of wounded among civilians”. Al Soussa Youth reported in a Facebook post that Ra’ad al Jamal was transferred to the hospital in a “critical condition”. However, in a comment to the post, an individual stated that “Ra’ad is ok, his leg was broken and had other injuries in his body.”
Both Deir Ezzor Now and Baladi reported that four civilians, a woman and three girls, were killed. While Al Haall mentioned the death a woman and  only one child, the report identified that thirteen civilians were injured in the attack.
On August 30th 2018 the Coalition possibly confirmed responsibility for the event. “(3.) June 13, 2018, near Abu Kamal, Syria, via self-report. During a strike on Daesh supply route, one civilian was unintentionally injured.” While Airwars reported a maximum of 4 civilian deaths the Coalition only conceded the injury of one civilian.
The Coalition later supplied Airwars the military grid reference for the strike: 37SFU795166 (accurate to 100 m).
The date, location and description of the Coalition report are consistent with the الباغوز Al Baghouz incident, however we cannot rule out the possibility that this was a separate event.
Civilians reported killed: 2-4, including women and children
Civilians reported injured: 6-13
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency (2) [Arabic] [Archived], SN4HR [Archived],Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth [Arabic] [Archived],Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], LCCSY [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor Now [Arabic] [Archived],Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Al Haall [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: CONFIRMED CIVILIAN CASUALTY EVENT Was Fair
Coalition position: For June 13th, the Coalition reported that “On June 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed two Daesh vehicles, one Daesh supply route and damaged one Daesh vehicle.”

 

June 13th 2018: (S1599a) الباغوز تحتاني Al Baghouz Tahtani, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source reported that alleged Coalition raids on Al Baghouz Tahtani resulted in civilian harm.
Al Haall quoted an Abu Kamal local, who stated that two raids targeted the village, resulting in “several civilians wounded, and damage to property as well.”
Civilians reported killed: Unknown
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Al Haall [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Poor
Coalition position: For June 13th, the Coalition reported that “On June 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed two Daesh vehicles, one Daesh supply route and damaged one Daesh vehicle.”

June 13th 2018: (S1600) الباغوز Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: One or more civilians were reported killed and injured after artillery shelling on the village of al Soussa.
Sound and Picture reported the “martyrdom of a civilian” in the village of Sousse as a result of French artillery shelling. SNN only made mention of “a number of civilians” wounded and stated that this was a result of shelling by “the Assad forces”.
In a tweet, Deir Ezzor24 confirmed artillery shelling by Assad forces on al Soussa, but did not mention any civilian casualties. It is important to note that reports of Assad forces shelling Al Soussa could also be referring to June 12th. Suliman Mansoor mentioned “Syrian army artillery” on the village a day before the civilian harm incident was reported.
Euphrates Post reported a number of civilians killed, including children, as a result of artillery shelling but failed to identify a culprit.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights made mention of both “shelling by Syrian forces” and “bombing of aircraft likely to belong to the International Alliance” and  confirmed the death of “two people believed to be members of the organization [ISIS]”. Two days later Al Jisrt TV reported that “bombardment and artillery on the same area resulted in a number of dead and wounded, including refugees.”
On the same day, Sada al Sham stated that “coalition planes targeted a vehicle […] in the same town, killing four displaced people from the city of Albu Kamal.”
Civilians reported killed: 1-4
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Suliman Mansour [Arabic] [Archived], Masar Press [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24[Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Sada al Sham [Arabic] [Archived], Al Jisr TV [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For June 13th, the Coalition reported that “On June 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes destroyed two Daesh vehicles, one Daesh supply route and damaged one Daesh vehicle.”

June 15th 2018: (S1601) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Three civilians, including women and children, were allegedly killed and several others injured by a Coalition airstrike on Al Soussa.
Sound and Picture reported “3 martyrs” and several wounded. Smart News quoted local activists that also mentioned a tally of three civilians killed after a Coalition raids targeted the “residential neighbourhoods in the town of Al Sousse”. The report also mentioned the destruction of “homes and property”. Shahab al Sousse did not identify the number of civilians that were killed, but did mention that women and children were among those who died and the in the bombardment.
Shaaam News also reported “artillery bombardment by SDF” on Al Soussa, but did not make mention of civilian harm.
Civilians reported killed: 3, including women and children
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Shahab al Sousse [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency[Arabic] [Archived], Sada al Sham [Arabic] [Archived], Al Jisr TV [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details
Coalition position: For June 15th, The Coalition reported that “On June 15 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh vehicle.”

 

June 16th 2018: (S1602) تل الجاير Tal al Jair, Hasakah governorate, Syria
Summary: According to Marsad al Hassaka and An Eye on al Hassaka, two young men were killed and three others were injured in a mortar shelling on the village of Tal al Jair by “Kurdish units”.
According to both sources, all five civilians harmed were from the same family. It is important to note that the reports were apparent carbon copies of each other.
On June 17th, the SDF confirmed that its forces “liberated the town of Dashishah in the southern town of Hasaka completely from a terrorist organization.” Multiple local sources confirmed that SDF now controlled most of the main strongholds, including Tal al Jair, in the southern region of Hasakah. However, none of the reports made mention of civilian harm.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Civilians reported injured: 3
Sources: Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye on al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Syria TV [Arabic] [Archived], SDF Press Release [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl[Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Weak – effectively single source
Coalition position: For June 16th, the Coalition did not publicly report any airstrikes in the Hasakah governorate.

June 17th 2018: (S1603) الهري Al Harri, Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Sources reported up to 77 regime forces and pro-regime militias killed and up to 100 more injured in airstrikes on the town of Al Harri near Abu Kamal. While some sources blamed the Coalition the US denied any role in the attack, with reports that Israel was responsible.
Free Deir Ezzor reported an initial toll of 35 dead from the “battalions of Hizbollah” and more than 40 other members of the “regime’s forces and many wounded” as a result of American air raids. Al Soussa Youth identified the highest tally of 77 killed and more than 100 injured. The report stated that “Shiite militias” were struck several times by “unidentified aircraft”, but added that they were believed to be American. A later report claimed that US air strikes had hit the house of Saddam Hussein Ali al-Jughaifi in Al-Harri at 11 at night. More than 40 members of the “Shiite crowd” were believed to be present in the house.
Sound and Picture stated that Lebanese Hezbollah positions and Iranian militias in al Hari village were targeted by “international Coalition planes”. A day later the media outlet reported on the “arrival of 95 bodies of Iraqi and Iranian militia fighters to the hospitals of the city of Albuqamal following the targeting by unknown planes last night on the border with Iraq”. Step New Agency detailed that the positions of the militias of the ‘Sayed al Shuhadaa Brigades’, ‘Al Imam Ali Brigades’, ‘Asai’b Ahl al-Haq’ and the Iraqi ‘Al Najba’a Movement’ were targeted.
The US Central Command later issued a press release stating: “Operation Inherent Resolve is aware of reports of a strike near Albu Kamal, Syria that killed and wounded several members of an unidentified force June 17.” SNN then reported that after the US denied involvement in the attack, “a Syrian official in Assad’s regime accused Israel of carrying out the strike that killed and wounded dozens.”
According to a report by CNN, a US official told the media outlet that “An airstrike close to the Iraq-Syria border Sunday was carried out by Israel, and not by the US or the coalition fighting ISIS”.
Al Soussa Youth provided a list of some of the fighters that were reported killed:
Colonel Bahjat Suleiman Osman
Colonel Munther Yousef Abbas
First Lieutenant Mohammed Ali Abbas
Major Salem Mohammed Al Bakri
Major Hafiz Hafez Mohammed
The report went on to say that “about 10 members of the Assad regime and about 25 members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia” were additionally killed “by unidentified military aircraft”.
Pro-regime outlet Our Al Boukamal and Deir Ezzor 24 and Free Deir Ezzor identified a number of killed troops, also including the above-mentioned individuals.
Major General Mahmoud Jafar Barakat
The soldier Mohammed Ali Younis
The soldier  Taher Ali Shaaban
The soldier  Zaher Khader Mahmoud
The soldier  Thaer Ahmed Mohammed
The soldier  Alaa Walid Al – Ali
The soldier  Mujaffaq Younis Jumaa
The soldier  Rabi’i Tawfiq Mayser
The soldier  Fayez Azzam Alian
On June 19th, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the death toll had risen to “55 including 16 members of the regime forces (including 4 officers) and 30 Iranians, while the nationalities of the other 9 are not known until now”.
Reuters later quoted Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Forces senior commander, Jamal Jaafar Ibrahim, who blamed the Americans for the strike. In a video message he stated: “To the Americans we say … we will not be quiet about this attack”. According to the commander, 22 PMF forces were killed in the attack.
Troops reported killed: 20-77
Troops reported injured: 100
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Reuters [Archived], SANA [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor (2)[Arabic] [Archived], CENTCOM Press Release [Archived], NRTTV [Arabic] [Archived], CNN [Archived], tweet byDeir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Our Al Boukamal [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Reuters (2) [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Discounted Coalition action – likely Israel
Coalition position: For June 17th, the Coalition did not report any airstrikes in the Deir Ezzor governorate.

 

June 21st 2018: (S1604) الشعفة Al Sha’afa Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, up to eight civilians, including four children and two women, were killed in a Coalition airstrike on the town of Al Sha’afa.
Most sources reported 17 people were killed overall, including eight civilians and nine or more ISIS fighters. The Syrian Network for Human Rights added that four children and two women were among the eight civilians who perished. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was the only source stating that 14 ISIS fighters were killed.
According to Al Soussa Youth, the casualties were a result of multiple “international coalition air raids targeted the town of Al-Shifa”. According to the outlet, the first raid was near a car wash. Later, eleven bodies were recovered from the site, four of them civilians.
The second attack targeted a house in al Hassya area, reportedly killing 4 civilians. The third raid targeted a four-wheel drive vehicle at an intersection at Ramtha. Another attack targeted an ISIS vehicle “near the orchard”. Syria News quoted SANA identifying the bombed sites as “the Rafa’a al-Sattam complex, the fence complex, the Saeed al-Tawfeh al-Hazza and al-Husayya areas”.
Sound and Picture reported that in addition to the eight civilians that were killed, 14 others were injured in the attack.
According to a correspondent for Radio al Kul, Coalition aircraft dropped leaflets on the “areas under the control of the organization in the eastern countryside of Deir Al-Zour, calling on him to withdraw from the area.”
In a private conversation with Airwars, Deir Ezzor 24 provided a list of the unidentified victims while reiterating that eight civilians were killed, including 4 boys and 2 women, in “raids by fixed wing aircraft belonging to the international coalition on the town of Sha’afa”.
“-unidentified  /Deir Ezzor/Al Shaafa/ male/ from Iraq-Mosul/killed following raids by fixed wing aircraft belonging to the international coalition on the town of Sha’afa, al Bukamal, eastern Deir Ezzor, 21/6/2018
-unidentified child  /Deir Ezzor/Al Shaafa/ male/ from Iraq-Mosul
-unidentified child  /Deir Ezzor/Al Shaafa/ male/ from Iraq-Mosul
-unidentified child  /Deir Ezzor/Al Shaafa/ male/ from Iraq-Mosul
-unidentified child  /Deir Ezzor/Al Shaafa/ male/ from Iraq-Mosul
-unidentified woman  /Deir Ezzor/Al Shaafa/ female/ from Iraq-Mosul
-unidentified woman  /Deir Ezzor/Al Shaafa/ female/ from Iraq-Mosul”
Civilians reported killed: 8, including 4 children and 2 women, + 9-14 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 2-14
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor Free Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Al Sousse Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency[Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SHAMM [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Archived], Syria TV [Arabic] [Archived], Syria News [Arabic] [Archived], Radio al Kul [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Al Boukamal Direct [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Archived],SN4HR [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 21st, the Coalition reported that “On June 21 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of six engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, five strikes destroyed five Daesh supply routes.”

 

June 21st 2018: (S1605) التنف Al Tanaf, Palmyra, Syria
Summary: Multiple sources reported that a number of “elements of the Assad regime” were killed and wounded by suspected Coalition air raids.
According to Euphrates Post, the Coalition targeted one of the positions of the regime in “Area 55” near Al Tanaf in al Halba area in the south-western suburb of Palmyra.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that in addition to the regime position, a military vehicle was targeted. According to the Observatory, a number of sources confirmed that the bombardment resulted in the death and injury of at least eight members of “regime forces”.
Reuters quoted a commander of pro-regime forces, stating that a member of the Syrian army had been killed in a US strike “on a Syrian army post near an American base close to the Iraqi-Syrian border”. This was reiterated by Syria TV. The report went on to say that the Pentagon said that a faction of US-backed Syrian opposition fighters stationed at the military base had clashed with an “unspecified hostile force” outside a “conflict-reduction zone” and forced it to retreat. However according to the Pentagon the fighting took place with no victims on either side.
On July 1st, the Sunday Times identified the British Royal Air Force as the possible culprit, claiming that “The RAF bombed pro-Syrian regime forces after a desert battle erupted near a British SAS training base.” According to the article, a Typhoon jet dropped a laser guided 500lb bomb near Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan. It mentioned local reports stating that a “Syrian army officer was killed and seven others were wounded”.
In its daily airstrike report, the UK Ministry of Defence reported that Typhoons struck a hostile position which was continuously firing on Coalition forces in “southern Syria”, the report stressed that the position was “not believed to be held by Daesh”. When one particular position continued to fire on Coalition troops, the RAF Typhoons dropped one Paveway IV on the position.
Troops reported killed: 1-2 or more
Troops reported injured: 2-7
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], tweet bySarmad al Jilane [Arabic] [Archived], Ennabaladi [Arabic] [Archived], Arabi21 [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Bani Omaia [Arabic] [Archived], Reuters News [Arabic] [Archived], Syria TV [Arabic] [Archived], Sunday Times (pay-walled) [Arabic] [Archived], Update from UK MoD for Thursday June 21st
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For June 21st, the Coalition reported that “Near Palmyra, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh fighting position.”

 

June 25th 2018: (S1606) Desert in northern Deir Ezzor, Syria
Summary: A tweet by Deir Ezzor 24 reported on the “Death of Fawaz Abtisheh Farhan from the village of # Mu’ijel after an air raid of the international coalition targeted his car in the northern desert # Direalzur yesterday”.
In a private conversation with Airwars, Deir Ezzor 24 stated that Fawaz Abtish al Farhan, also known as Abu Muhannad, is from the town of Ma’ijal in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor. “He is an adult civilian, killed in a raid by a fixed wing aircraft belonging to the international coalition. The missile targeted his car in the desert of al Sour town in northern Deir Ezzor on 25/6/2018.”
Step News Agency and Baladi News reported that “Two members of the Islamic State organization were killed” after their car was targeted by Coalition aircraft near Suh al Jozr in the desert of northern Deir Ezzor. At present, Airwars researchers cannot assess whether the identified man is one of the two claimed ISIS fighters killed in the attack.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: The Coalition did not publicly report any airstrikes in Iraq or Syria on June 25th.

 

June 26th 2018: (S1606a) الصور al Sour desert in northern Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source reported that a civilian man was killed in a Coalition airstrike in the Al Sour desert in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
Baladi News stated that in addition to killing nine ISIS fighters, a shepherd who happened to be near them was also killed in the raid. Among the fighters was Mohammed al Mousa, also known as Abu Retaj, the ISIS security official for the “northern sector” of Deir Ezzor.
Civilians reported killed: 1+ 9 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: For June 26th, the Coalition reported that “On June 26 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted eight strikes consisting of eight engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed two Daesh supply routes, one Daesh-held building and two Daesh vehicles.”

July 2018

July 1st 2018: (S1608) السراجية al Sarajiya village, al Hasakah governorate,Syria
Summary: According to local sources, a civilian identified as Sayed Khader Mohammed was killed in an artillery bombardment on the village of al Sarajiya.
Three sources, apparent carbon copies of each other,  reported that a civilian was killed “as a result of artillery bombardment”, but did not identify a culprit. Samidon Press stated that the individual perished and others injured as a result of artillery shelling by “SDF militants”.
Other sources have reported both artillery and air strikes on the village southeast of Hasakah. According to Al Hassakah Youth, Coalition aircraft targeted the village, with several airstrikes destroying “a number of houses in the village.” This is supported by a number of sources, including a tweet from Suhaib al Hasskawi, who clarified the location of the village in a reaction to a posed question: “South-east of al-Hasakah on the Syrian-Iraqi border, the area of the Tu’aiman which is still under the control of the islamic state organization”.
Marsad al Hassaka also reported “mass destruction of civilian property” as a result of Coalition airstrikes. In a separate report, the source states that “Shells by Kurdish units” had also struck the village. Both the Coalition airstrikes and the SDF artillery shelling on al Sarajiya were reported by SNN.
It is important to note that at present, it is unclear whether or not the SDF has access to artillery.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 2
Sources: Al Hassaka Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka (2)[Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka (3) [Arabic] [Archived], An Eye On al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Suhaib al Hasskawi [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Suhaib al Hasskawi (2) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Masar Press [Arabic] [Archived], Samidon Press[Arabic] [Archived], SNN News [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested – possible SDF ground action
Coalition position: The Coalition did not publicly report any strike in Syria for July 1st.

 

July 2nd 2018: (S1609) the road near تل الشاير Tal Al Shayer, southern Hassaka governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that three civilians from the same family were killed and one other was injured in a Coalition airstrike near the town of Tal al Shayer.
Most sources stated that the three “martyrs” were all from the same family and in a “civilian car” when they were targeted. Many sources identified the victims as Mohammed Khalil Al-Khloof, Abdul Rahman Khalil Al-Khloof and Abdul Razzaq Khalil Al-Khloof. Later reports also mention a fourth brother, Saeed Khalil Khlouf al Madhi, who was injured in the attack which led to the amputation of his leg.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Civilians reported injured: 1
Sources: Al Hassaka Youth Union [Arabic] [Archived],Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka[Arabic] [Archived], An Eye On al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SNN [Arabic] [Archived], Al Khabour [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For July 2nd, the Coalition reported that “On July 2 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets.
[…] Near Al Shadaddi, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh vehicle.”

 

July 12th 2018: (S1610) the junction of Al Sousse and Al Baghouz, السوسة و الباغوز Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that up to 58 civilians were killed as a result of alleged Coalition or Iraqi strikes on an “ice factory” in the Deir Ezzor countryside on July 2nd.
According to a correspondent for Step News Agency, Coalition aircraft “launched five successive air strikes”, hitting an ice processing plant called “Mozan” at the intersection between Al Sousse and al Baghouz.
Hajeen Magazine however stated that “Muazen” is the name of the village “between the towns of Al-Bagouz Al Fawqani and Al Sousse. Step News Agency’s correspondent stated that villagers had gathered at the factory to get ice when the area was struck, resulting “in a massacre, […] in addition to the massive destruction of residential buildings and shops.” Al Sousse Youth reported a tally of 35 civilians killed, noting that the airstrike took place “after sunset” and added that among the civilians killed were two members of the Shahadat family. This was confirmed in a Facebook post by Shabab.net in which was stated that the son of Mahdi Al-Salamah and the son of Mahjoub Salama were both killed. Sound and Picture and Hajeen Magazine reported two of the highest tallies, 55 and 58, stating that most of them were displaced Iraqis.
The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed “the death and injury of dozens”. His statement placed this incident in the context of the current military operation for the control of the “the last enclave of the ‘Islamic State’ on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River”. A later report by SOHR identified a more specific number of civilians killed, stating that the airstrike led to “the martyrdom of 28 civilians, mostly Iraqi nationalities”. The monitor added that “until now we don’t  know whether the planes were Iraqi or coalition.”
Reuters later reported that the Coalition confirmed that it or “partner forces” may have conducted strikes may have conducted the air raid. Coalition spokesman Colon Sean Ryan stated in an e-mailed response to a question posed by Reuters that “The Coalition or our partner forces may have conducted strikes in the vicinity of Al Soussa and Baghour Fukhani yesterday”. The report of civilian casualties would ben sent to the “Civilian Casualty Cell for further assessment”, the spokesperson stated.
Civilians reported killed: 28-58 +26 fighters
Civilians reported injured: 25-45
Sources: Sousse Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Sousse Youth (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Shabat.net [Arabic] [Archived],Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], SNN[Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Hasaka Marsad [Arabic] [Archived], SNM [Arabic] [Archived], Boukamalna [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR (2) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Orient News [Arabic] [Archived], Turkiye News [Arabic] [Archived], SANA [Arabic] [Archived], Reuters [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived],Hajeen Magazine [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For July 12th, the Coalition publicly reported that “On July 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed one Daesh logistics hub, one Daesh fighting position, one Daesh supply route and two Daesh-held buildings.”

July 12th 2018: (S1610a) العباس al A’bbas, eastern Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source reported that an unspecified number of pro-regime forces were killed by Coalition shelling on the town of al A’bbas on July 12th.
Step News Agency reported that “a number of officers of the regime, including the rank of brigade, were killed by shelling of the International Alliance, targeting the town of Abbas east of Deir al-Zour as they [the pro-regime troops] tried to cross into the city of “Hajiin ” yesterday, after the SDF monitored their movement.”
It is important to note that this incident might be related to another ‘unfriendly fire’ incident (1610b) reported a day later in the same general area.
Troops reported killed:  2 or more
Troops reported injured: unknown
Sources: Step News Agency[Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: For July 12th, the Coalition publicly reported that “On July 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed one Daesh logistics hub, one Daesh fighting position, one Daesh supply route and two Daesh-held buildings.”

 

July 13th 2018: (S1610b) regime military convoy near هجين Hajin and Abu Kamal, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources, thirty to forty pro-regime forces were killed when their military convoy was struck in the vicinity of Hajin on July 13th.
According to Baladi News “more than forty members of the regime and its loyalist militia” were killed by Coalition air raids. The media outlet noted that “intersecting sources” reported that the troops were crossing the Euphrates River through a “war bridge” and attempted to “break into Hajin which is under the control of daesh in the countryside of al bukamal East Deir Ezzor.” This was reiterated by the Nors Centre for Studies and Research, which stated that the Assad militia managed to enter the market of Hajin city through a makeshift floating bridge which was “built after an initial bombardment of the market area.” According to the center, the “entrenched forces consist of the militia of the Iran-Iraq Party and elements of the National Defense Militia.” When the pro-regime forces entered the city, SDF troops warned them not to cross the Euphrates river. When they did, the center notes, this resulted in clashes with the SDF after which Coalition aircraft “quickly intervened” and struck the bridge forcing “the militias to withdraw to the bank of the Euphrates River”.
Step News Agency stated that “unofficial media loyal to Assad’s regime” had told the outlet that airstrikes had targeted “three positions of the forces of the regime in the city, “Boukmal” and most likely the raids targeted a camp in the towns of “al Baqan and Ramadi” where national defense militias are trained under the supervision of Alawite officers.”
A number of sources published a list of identified troops who were killed in the attack:
Major General Joseph Michel Isber- Damascus.
Brigadier Tayseer Nawar Al-Hassan Homs.
Colonel Ahmed Abdul Aziz Al-Nabulsi Daraa.
Lieutenant Colonel Tahir Abuzaid from Daraa.
Lt. Col. Shadi Ali Ismail Tartous.
Major Shadi Makhlouf Lattakia.
Captain Ahmed Tayseer Al – Hassan Homs.
First Lieutenant Mohammed Ahmed Nabulsi Daraa.
Lieutenant Yunus Younis from Tartous
Lieutenant Alaa Mualla, a relative of Tartus.
Lieutenant “Thaer Mahmoud Khatib” from Tartus.
Lieutenant Hani Yusea Suleiman Tartous.
Recruit Ghaleb Ali al-Ali Lattakia.
Recruit Nawras al – Khalid Aleppo.
Recruit student Mowafaq Said Damascus.
Recruit Samer Mohammed Shahin Tartous.
All sources, except for Euphrates Post, identified the Coalition as the culprit. “All the news that a number of al-Assad forces were killed by air raids on the International Coalition aircraft in rural Bu Kamal is unfounded”, Euphrates Post stated. Instead, the media outlet reported that so-called Islamic State was responsible for targeting these troops, “which led to the killing of a large number of the regime’s forces, including officers who were located in a location near the shore of the Euphrates River in the town of Abbas”.
Troops reported killed:  30-40
Troops reported injured: unknown
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Nedaa [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Nors Centre for Studies and Research [Arabic] [Archived], Eldorar [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], RFS Media Office [Arabic] [Archived], Radio al Kul [Arabic] [Archived], Horrya Net [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For July 13th, the Coalition reported that “On July 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, destroyed one Daesh vehicle, one Daesh fighting position and one Daesh logistics hub.”

 

July 16th 2018: (S1613) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to thirteen civilians were allegedly killed when Coalition aircraft struck two or more houses in al Soussa, local sources reported.
According to Boukamalna, the house of Haj Ali Al Mohsen Al Faress was targeted. This was reiterated by most sources, stating that this led to “his death along with his wife.” Euphrates Post later identified his wife as Mrs. Nabieh and also noted that their daughter Mona was also killed, in addition to five victims of Iraqi nationality.
Later reports noted that the house of Hamid al-Ali, located next to the Mohsen family house, was struck while it was inhabited by an Iraqi family. Baladi News Agency reported that this resulted in “the death of all members of his family of five people, including women and children”.
Al Soussa Youth stated that the strike took place “ten minutes ago”, which corresponds to around 7:20am and Euphrates identified the location of the airstrikes to the Filasteen neighbourhood.
Most sources, including an initial report by Smart News Agency, noted the death of eight civilians, “including at least one woman and several others wounded.” Step News Agency however later reported the highest tally of thirteen civilians killed. According to the news outlet, four airstrikes targeted “the homes of civilians in the town of “Sousse” at seven o’clock this morning”, causing the destruction of three houses. The report added that the number of victims was likely to rise as people were still trapped under the rubble, “due to the lack of medical staff or civil defense teams in the town, amid a severe shortage of medical and ambulatory materials.”
Al Soussa Youth later reported that Ali Al Muhsin Al-Faris, his wife and the daughter of Muhammad Ali Al-Mohsen had been buried and that “the son of Saleh Al Mohammed Al-Salim and the mother of Walid are in hospital and in a stable condition”.
Civilians reported killed: 8-13, including a woman and child
Civilians reported injured: 2
Sources: Syrian National Movement [Arabic] [Archived], Boukamalna [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth[Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth (3) [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24[Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2)[Arabic] [Archived], Orient News [Arabic] [Archived], SANA [Arabic] [Archived], Radio al Kul [Arabic] [Archived],Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archived], the official Facebook page for Al Soussa [Arabic] [Archived], the official Facebook page for Al Soussa (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth (4) [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture[Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post[Arabic] [Archived], Al Hayat News [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For July 16th, the Coalition reported that: “On July 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four
engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed one
Daesh vehicle, two Daesh supply routes and one Daesh-held building.”

July 16th 2018: (S1614) الباغوز  Al Baghouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Ten or thirteen civilians, including women and children, were killed when the village of al Baghouz was targeted by alleged Coalition airstrikes, two local sources said.
According to Sound and Picture, Coalition aircraft targeted a “civilian gathering” on the morning of July 16th and reported an initial toll of “10 martyrs from one family, mostly children and women.”
Step News Agency also identified the Coalition as the culprit, but reported a higher tally of thirteen civilians killed and an unspecified number of civilians injured, “including serious cases”. A correspondent for the media outlet specifically noted that the incident took place “after the bombing of al Sousse”. Still, with only two sources reporting on the incident, there is a chance that the above mentioned incident in al Sousse (S1613) and the event in al Baghouz are related.
Civilians reported killed: 10-13, including women and children
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details
Coalition position: For July 16th, the Coalition reported that: “On July 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four
engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed one
Daesh vehicle, two Daesh supply routes and one Daesh-held building.”

 

July 21st 2018: (S1615) بين بلدة السوسة والظهرة في البادية , between Al Soussa and Al Dahra in Al Badia , Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that up to thirty civilians were killed and injured when Coalition airstrikes allegedly targeted several locations between al Soussa an al Dahra.
Most sources stated that civilians were struck when they were trying to escape the village of al Soussa and move towards the al Dahra area in al Badia, rural Deir Ezzor. According to Deir Ezzor 24, this happened when Coalition aircraft were “targeting several locations for Daesh in the town of Al-Sousse”. All sources identified the Coalition as the culprit.
Baladi News later noted that “dozens of civilians, including women and children” were killed and injured in the attack. This was reiterated by SANA, while adding that “scores of families from al-Sousa have been fleeing the airstrikes of the coalition that have been targeting their homes for days.”
Al Soussa Youth reported that one killed civilian was identified as Hamid Al Zaidan from al Habatra, whose recovered body had been brought to his family. According to the report, the other bodies “can’t be reached.” Two days after the event, both al Soussa Youth and Step News Agency reported a tally of 30 civilians killed, while mentioning that these were still not recovered from the site.
Two days after the incident, Mena Monitor News stated that the SDF “found eight bodies of civilians in the town of Sousse in the eastern suburb of Deir al-Ghazur, which were killed by an air strike by the international coalition coalition two days ago”.
Civilians reported killed: 24-30
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency[Arabic] [Archived], Shaam [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], SANA News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Rozana News [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Mena Monitor News[Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few details
Coalition position: For July 21st, the Coalition reported that: “On July 21 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of six
engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed three
Daesh vehicles and one Daesh line of communication.”

 

July 24th 2018: (S1619) السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local sources three to four civilians were killed by artillery or airstrikes, injuring up to 18 others near the sheep market of al Soussa.
Al Soussa Youth reported “a very violent bombardment of rocket launchers” on the sheep market and nearby houses. According to the report, the “more than ten missiles” resulted in large clouds of smoke, while drones were flying overhead.
In a later report, Al Soussa Youth identified a number of civilians that were killed in the attack: Sa’ad Hashim al-Khudair al-Suwa’yi and two sons of Ali Khalif al-Hasan al-Shahani – according to Baladi, one of them was still a child. In a video following these reports, Al Soussa Youth would note that the victims were sitting on a veranda when they were killed. According to the official Facebook page for al Soussa, rockets had struck Al A’liyat mill, near the house of Hussein al-A’kla and confirmed the death of the three civilians, adding that women and children were also injured.
Deir Ezzor24 was the first source to note that “aircraft believed to be affiliated to the coalition” were responsible for the civilian casualties. Al Haall also said that the Coalition was responsible for “killing four civilians and injuring more than 18 other, some of them critically”. The outlet quoted Faisal al-Sayyed, who noted that “most of the shells fell next to the Osman mosque”.
Euphrates Post however stated that the rockets originated from “the forces of the Assad regime stationed in the city of Abu Kamal”, targeting the town of al Soussa “yesterday evening”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also concluded that the “violent explosions” that shook al Soussa were caused by “targeting by the regime forces”.
Baladi made mention of a fourth “unidentified body” of a person killed in the bombardment. The report stated that it was not the Coalition or pro-regime forces, but the SDF’s artillery and missile fire which were responsible for the incident. According to the media outlet, “local media sources” had informed them that “sdf forces shelled dozens of rockets in the town of al-Sousse […], killing four civilians and injuring others, mostly women and children.” Sadaa al Sham and Al Araby al Jadid also identified the SDF as the culprit.
Al Ghad al Souri noted two separate strikes on the city. The first, by the US led Coalition, targeted and killed ISIS leader Abkhadijah al Jazairi [the Algerian] in a residential area of al Sousse it said, noting that three civilians also died. A second action by regime forces then killed and injured civilians near the sheep market.
Civilians reported killed: 3-4, including 1 child +2 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 18, including women and children
Sources: Al Soussa Youth [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth (1) [Arabic] [Archived], Official Al Soussa Facebook page [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Youth (2) (video) [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Sadaa al Sham [Arabic] [Archived],Al Haall [Arabic] [Archived], Al Araby al Jadid [Arabic] [Archived], Al Ghad al Souri [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested between the Coaltion, SDF and pro-regime forces
Coalition position: For July 24th, the Coalition did not publicly report any air or artillery strike in Syria.

July 26th 2018: (S1620) الشعفة Al Sha’afa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that alleged Coalition airstrikes hit the village of al Sha’afa, either killing two or injuring “several” civilians.
According to Al Haall the shelling by the “International Air Force […] focused on the side of the river” and resulted in “several civilians injured, in addition to material damage.”
Step News Agency also identified the US-led Coalition as the culprit and reported that a house in Al Sha’afa was shelled, killing two people.
Deir Ezzor24 tweeted a video, stating that it showed the “great destruction in the homes of # civilians caused by the bombing of warplanes  on the town of # al Shaafa # Rural Deiralzur”. It did however not make mention of any casualties as a result of the bombardment.
Civilians reported killed: 0-2
Civilians reported injured: 0-2
Sources: Al Haall [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 (video) [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair – though few resources
Coalition position: For July 26th, the Coalition did not publicly report any airstrikes in Syria.

July 27th 2018: (S1621) السوسة  Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Multiple sources reported that two brothers were killed by alleged Coalition strikes on al Soussa.
Most local sources identified the two civilians as Saleh Khalif al-Hassan and Fleih Khalif al-Hassan. Most sources also identified the Coalition as the culprit and noted that the airstrikes had struck the brothers’ house. Baladi News mentioned that other civilians were wounded in the attack, but was alone in saying this. Shahab al Sousse and Step News Agency detailed that the strike took place at dawn.
While the vast majority of the sources reported that the incident ook place on July 27th, some sources, like Euphrates Post and Deir Ezzor 24, stated that the airstrike took place “yesterday” while publishing their report on July 27th. However, this is likely due to the fact that the brothers were killed at dawn.
Both Step News and Masar Press reported that two unnamed Islamic State fighters were killed in a strike on the town that day – though it is unclear whether these reports relate to the above incident.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Al Sousse Youth[Arabic] [Archived], Al Soussa Village [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Shahab al Sousse [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], SOHR [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived],Step News (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Masar Press [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For July 27th, the Coalition reported that “On July 27 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, six strikes destroyed one Daesh fighting position and damaged three Daesh lines of communication.”

July 27th 2018: (S1622) السوسة  Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported the death of two or four civilians after missiles struck the town of Al Soussa.
According to Smart News Agency, Coalition raids struck “three trucks loaded with food”, killing four civilians. The media outlet noted that the four civilians came from “Salba and Mkeymen the eastern suburb of Hama in the center of the country.”
Baladi News reported two civilians were killed, while adding that others were injured. However, the report stated that the civilians were harmed by “the fire of the regime forces and their artillery”. It said a further two civilians were shot dead by regime forces as they attempted to cross the river.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also noted that “two shells landed on areas in al-Susah town” but did not identify a culprit and stressed that there was “no information about casualties”.
Civilians reported killed: 2-4
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], RFS Media [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested between Coalition airstrikes and regime artillery
Coalition position: For July 27th, the Coalition reported that “On July 27 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of seven engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, six strikes destroyed one Daesh fighting position and damaged three Daesh lines of communication.”

August 2018

August 3rd 2018: (S1624) الشعفة Sha’afa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Three civilians were injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike near the village of al Sha’afa, local sources reported.
According to Sound and Picture, “vehicles carrying displaced civilians” were struck by Coalition aircraft, resulting in “a number of wounded”. This was reiterated by Marsad al Hassaka.
The Al Sha’afa Facebook page was the only source that identified the three harmed civilians as Ali al-Hihu,Musa al-Hihouh and “one of al-Fayadh’s sons“. The report stressed that “Thank God, no one died”.
Step News reported that “Three members of the Islamic] State organization were killed in a coalition air strike targeting a car in the eastern town of Sousse # Deir al-Azur this morning.” It is not clear if this relates to the above event.
Civilians reported killed: 0
Civilians reported injured: 3
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Al Sha’afa [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Facebook [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested – few details, and victims were possibly ISIS combatants
Coalition position: For August 3rd, the Coalition reported that “On August 3 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of six engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed five Daesh vehicles.”

August 5th 2018: (S1625) التنف Al Tanaf, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: It was claimed that the US-led Coalition had killed a junior Syrian military officer in an airstrike near the US military base at al Tanaf.
Euphrates Post reported in full: “Lt. Mohammed Abbas al-Wardi of the Assad regime and one of the sons of Deir Ezzor was killed by air strikes believed to belong to the international coalition in the vicinity of al-Tanaf.”
At present, Airwars researchers have not identified any further known public allegations of troops killed or injured in relation to this incident.
Troops reported killed: 1
Troops reported injured:
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single-sourced
Coalition position: For August 5-6th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed two Daesh vehicles.”

August 6th 2018: (S1626) السوسة Al Sousse, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: One child died and a woman was wounded in an airstrike on Al Sousse, local media said. Most sources blamed the US-led Coalition, though there was one allegation against the regime.
According to the Syrian National Movement, “a female child was killed and her mother was injured by the International Alliance shelling the town of Sousse”.
Sound and Picture reported that “the International Air Force targeted the villages of Al-Bagouz and Al-Sousse in the countryside of Abu Kamal with several air strikes, resulting in a number of civilian casualties.”
Step also said a girl died and a number more civilians were wounded in Coalition strikes.
Al Soussa Youth said that the raids occurred on the shops of Ahmad al Turki and Mohsen al Turki.
However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed the regime, reporting that “in Deir Ezzor province, a citizen woman was killed due to shelling by the regime forces on areas in Al-Susah town in Deir Ezzor countryside.”
Civilians reported killed: 1 child
Civilians reported injured: 1 woman – and others
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian National Movement [Arabic], [Archived], Al Soussa Youth[Arabic], [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic], [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], DE24[Arabic], [Archived], Al Jisr [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For August 5-6th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed two Daesh vehicles.”
There were no declared Coalition air or artillery strikes in Syria on August 6th.

 

August 7th 2018: (S1627) السوسة Al Sousse, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Three civilians died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Sousse, local media reported. The strike also reportedly killed an ISIS leader.
According to the Step News Agency, “the International Coalition conducted a raid on the town of Sousse east of Deir al-Zour and there are reports of civilian casualties”.
Zaman al Wasl reported that “three civilians were killed on Tuesday evening [Aug 7th] after the coalition planes targeted the buildings of  residential associations in the town of” Sousse, one of the three most important towns still controlled by ISIS. An ISIS leader, Abu Khadija al Jazairi, also died in the same raid.” Al Ghad al Souri reported the same information.
On Facebook, Al Sousse Youth said that there had been “attacks on al-Sousse a short while ago and there are victims”. Many in the comments asked where the strike was but there no answer. One comment claimed that the victims were not from al Sousse but were all IDPs.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Al Soussa Youth [Arabic], [Archived], Zamanalwasl [Arabic], [Archived], Al ghad al souri [Arabic], [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For August 7th-8th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed one Daesh vehicle, one Daesh headquarters and one Daesh logistics hub.”

 

August 8th 2018: (S1628) السوسة Al Sousse and Al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Three civilians died and an unspecified number more were wounded in alleged Coalition airstrikes on Al Sousse and Al Shaafa, according to local media.
The Step News Agency, Shaam News Network and Sound were among sources reporting that a medical clinic was struck, along with other sites, as the Coalition reportedly targeted ISIS elements in the area.
The civilian casualties more likely happened in Al Sousse but some sources mentioned both places without identifying where the casualties occurred.
According to the source Al Ghad al Souri, “activists from the area said that a number of civilians were killed and others were injured by the bombing of an international coalition aircraft which targeted  the medical clinic in the village of Al-Sousse, one of three towns still controlled by Daesh in Deir al-Zour. Neighborhoods of Al-Shafa village near the city of Abu Kamal were also struck”.
Al Soussa Youth reported that Al Sousse was “under heavy shelling from the coalition flight and there is smoke rising above the roofs.”
A number of sources didn’t give a specific number of casualties. For example, the Step News Agency said that “there were a number of dead and wounded though the number was not yet known”. Other sources noted that members of ISIS were killed but again gave no figures.
However, The Displaced of the Euphrates said that there were “three martyrs in al Sousse, believed to be civilians”. It went on to add that “some of the weak souls in the villages of Deir al-Zor east of the Euphrates hide Daesh members in their homes in return for a few dollars, thereby exposing their women and children to danger when the SDF attacks their homes!”
Civilians reported killed: 3
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic], [Archived], The Displaced of the Euphrates [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka[Arabic], [Archived], Al Soussa Youth [Arabic], [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic], [Archived], Al Bukamal Direct[Arabic], [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 (2) [Arabic], [Archived],  Step News Agency (2) [Arabic], [Archived], Souriyati[Arabic], [Archived], Shaam News Network (SNN) [Arabic], [Archived], Sada al sham [Arabic], [Archived], Shamra[Arabic], [Archived], Masarpress [Arabic], [Archived], Al ghad al souri [Arabic], [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For August 7th-8th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed one Daesh vehicle, one Daesh headquarters and one Daesh logistics hub.”
For August 8th-9th: “Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh vehicle.”

August 14th 2018: (S1629) Al Bagouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Four civilians died and several others were wounded in alleged Coalition airstrikes on Al Bagouz, according to local media.
The Smart News Agency said: “Activists told Smart that the bombing killed four civilians and wounded others, including women and children, in addition to the killing of three members of ISIS.
Some activists pointed out that the bombing was carried out by Iraqi warplanes operating under the umbrella of the international coalition.”
According to Fresh Syria, “the aircraft of the International Alliance launched several attacks on different areas of the village of Al-Bagouz, which is under the control of ISIS in the countryside Deir Ezzor, killing four civilians and wounding others.”
Baladi, who also put the death toll at four, said that the victims were “mostly women and children”.
Masarpress added that the Coalition “targeted a number of civilian houses in the town”.
Sound and Picture said that one civilian had been wounded in an alleged Coalition strike.
Civilians reported killed: 4 + 3 members of ISIS
Civilians reported injured: 1-2
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic], [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Smart News Agency[Arabic], [Archived], Smart News Agency (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Shaam News Network (SNN) [Aranic], [Archived], Halab Today [Arabic], [Archived], Masarpress [Arabic], [Archived], Fresh Syria [Arabic], [Archived],Baladi [Arabic], [Archived], Hasaka [Arabic], [Archived], Syria.TV [Arabic], [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition publicly reported the following: “On August 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed two Daesh command and control centers, one Daesh command and control support facility and one Daesh supply route.”

 

August 16th 2018: (S1631) Al Bagouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local media reported that an unspecified number of civilians were wounded in airstrikes on Al Bagouz by Iraqi warplanes.
Sound and Picture, Step News Agency and @Bukamal_Live all reported that “a number of civilians were wounded” by Iraqi warplanes.
It is important to note that some Iraqi air and artillery strikes against ISIS targets within Syria are now being counted as Coalition actions – though with Baghdad still also conducting unilateral actions.
No further details are currently available.
Civilians reported killed: unknown
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Sound and Picture [Arabic], [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], @Bukamal_Live[Arabic], [Archived], @Sarmad_AlJilane [Arabic], [Archived], Arabstoday [Arabic], [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The military alliance publicly reported the following: “On August 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against Daesh targets. Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit and destroyed one Daesh vehicle.”

 

August 22nd 2018: (I678) west of Anbar province, Iraq
Summary: A local Syrian news agency and an ISIS source said 26 Hezbollah Iraqi militia were killed by an unknown aircraft when their convoy was struck in the Anbar desert.
According to the Step News Agency, “about 26 elements of Hezbollah of Iraq were killed when a convoy carrying them out of the city of Abu Kamal towards the Iraqi capital Baghdad was struck by an unidentified aircraft in the Anbar desert”.
محمد إآنغمآآسي‎ is with ‎جحا الطيب‎ and ‎حجا الطيب‎. Mohammad Al Engemasi on Facebook – an ISIS source – reported “the killing and wounding of dozens of the Iraqi Lat Party (Hezbollah) in the Anbar desert while they were travelling from Abu Kamal. Some say they were killed by a drone, others say it was an ambush”.
Friendly forces reported killed: 26
Friendly forces reported injured: unknown
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], محمد إآنغمآآسي‎ is with ‎جحا الطيب‎ and ‎حجا الطيب‎. Mohammad Al Engemasi [Arabic], [ISIS source] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: The Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in Anbar province for this date.

 

August 26th 2018: (S1633)  الشعفة al Sha’afa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Eighteen women – reportedly the wives if ISIS fighters on external missions – died along with seven ISIS guards in an alleged Coalition airstrike on an ISIS-held house in al Sha’afa, according to sources on the ground. One source added that a child was also killed.
The Euphrates Post reported that “international Coalition aircraft launched several air raids targeting a civilian house on the outskirts of the town of Shaafa, which had been taken by IS as a base.”
According to Al Shaafa, “there were attacks by coalition aircraft on the edge of al Sha’afa. It has been confirmed that one of the targets was the house of Mohammed al-Wahaysh al-Furaiji – and that the house was used to host the women of IS [widows and the wives of those on external duties] “.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Right said that a Coalition attack on al Sha’afa “resulted in the injury of a young man”.
The Smart News Agency gave the only casualty figures, reporting that local sources had said that “the aircraft of the International Coalition targeted a house, used as an IS headquarters, resulting in the deaths of 18 women and seven guards”.
In what may be a linked or separate incident, Elnashra reported that “militant sites announced the killing of two civilians, including a child, and the injury of four children and a woman, following the bombing of international coalition aircraft town of Al-Shafa in the southern suburb of Deir al-Zour.”
Civilians reported killed: 18 women and 1 child, and 7 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 1-4, including children and women
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic], [Archived], Al Shaafa official page facebook [Arabic], [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived], Smart News Agency[Arabic], Smart News Agency (2) [Arabic], [Archived], Ibrahim al Khail  [Arabic] [Archived], Elnashra [Arabic], [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For August 25th-26th, the Coalition reported: ” Near Abu Kamal, three strikes engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed one Daesh supply route, one Daesh-held building and one Daesh vehicle.”

 

August 27th 2018: (S1634) السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source, the Smart News Agency, reported that “a child and a person were killed by an SDF artillery bombardment on the town of Sousse”.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that SDF artillery targeted al Soussa, “causing material damage” – though it said there was no information on civilian harm.
It is Airwars’ understanding that only the Coalition had access to artillery at Deir Ezzor.
No further details are currently available.
Civilians reported killed: 2, including 1 child
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Smart News Agency [Arabic], [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Arabic],
Quality of reporting: Weak – currently single source
Coalition position: The Coalition reported the following: “On August 27 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed three Daesh supply routes.”

 

September 2018

September 5th 2018: (S1639) بادية ذبيان, Badiya neighbourhood of Theyban city, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that two boys aged 16 and 17, “were killed by an aircraft believed to belong to the International Coalition.” The Syrian Network for Human Rights noted that the airstrike took place at  “Badiya [area] of Theyban city” in the suburbs of Deir Ezzor.
Both Euphrates Post and Deir Ezzor 24 identified the 16-year-old as Abdullah al Klaib and the 17-year-old asJassem Al Mohammad al-Khudair – both from Al Hawaij. According to the media outlets, the two boys were on a motorcycle “on their way to to work at the crude oil burners”.
Civilians reported killed: 2 children
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @DeirEzzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition publicly stated that “On September 5 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of one engagement against Daesh targets.
Near Abu Kamal, one strike engaged one Daesh tactical unit, and destroyed one Daesh logistics hub.”

September 8th 2018: (I679) كوية. كويسنجق Koya area, Erbil provence, Iraq
Summary: Multiple sources reported the death of up to 14 individuals and as many as 42 wounded, as a result of an Iranian military bombardment of the Koya area. Most reports did not specify whether or not the victims were civilian. Shafaq however quoted the First Deputy Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) who stressed that women and children were among the victims: “Iran, unfortunately, today bombed the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party with missiles that caused the death of dozens of their cadres with a number of civilians, children and women”. Mustafa Al Maady also noted that there were civilians among the wounded.
Mahmoud Shiekh Ibrahim issued a statement in which we noted that an “air missile” came from an “unmanned airplane [that] was spotted flying over Koya city in Kurdistan Iraq near the headquarters of the party.” He confirmed to an Airwars researcher that a woman and child were killed in the attack.
Local sources noted that the target of the strikes was the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan in an area between Erbil and Suliamaniyah. Soon after the attack, the party issued a statement noting that “at 10:48 am on Saturday, September 8, 2018, the headquarters of the Democratic People’s Democratic Party (DPC) office was subjected to missile and aerial bombardment by the Islamic Republic of Iran during a high-level meeting of the Committee Central.” Media outlet Alittihad quoted a party official, who reported a tally of 14 dead and 42 wounded, including leaders of the party.
The same report quoted Mohammed Salah Qaderi, one of the leaders of the party, who stated that the “aircraft has been launched from Kirkuk towards the sky of the region, and that the bombing and the operation of aircraft was in coordination with the forces of popular mobilization in Kirkuk.” Other local sources, reported a tally of 10 perished and 30 wounded.
Iranian and other media, citing official sources, later confirmed that the IRCG had carried out the attack. As Soputnik News noted, “Iran’s IRGC chief commander, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, acknowledged that Iran had conducted the September 8 missile strike on Iranian Kurdish militants in Iraq, saying such acts convey a “message” to the enemies of Tehran. ‘IRGC’s recent revenge against the terrorists conveys a highly meaningful message to the enemies, particularly those superpowers who think they can impose their evil plots on us and bully us,’ Jafari said Thursday.”
Civilians reported killed: 2 or more, including a woman and a child
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Rudaw News [Arabic] [Archived], Alittihard [Arabic] [Archived], Buyer Press [Arabic] [Archived], Awajel Press [Arabic] [Archived], Facebook post by Ameer Mohammed [Arabic] [Archived], Facebook post by Mustafa al Mahady [Arabic] [Archived], Facebook post by Haji Rufi [Arabic] [Archived], Shafaq News [Arabic] [Archived], Facebook post by Mahmoud Shiekh Ibrahim [Arabic] [Archived], Sputnik News [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Confirmed event. Fair reporting of civilian harm.
Belligerent position: Iranian strike

 

September 12th 2018: (S1640) الباغوز, Al Bagouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported that one or more civilians were killed and injured in a bombardment on Al Bagouz. One victim was specifically named.
Deir Ezzor24 and the Syrian Network for Human Rights stated that Najem Hassan al-Saleem was killed by ‘SDF artillery shelling’ on the village. It is important to note that it is Airwars’ understanding that only the Coalition has access to artillery in Deir Ezzor. @Alahmed_nasser claimed in a tweet that in fact the French military was shelling the town with artillery.
Al Shaafa reported dead and wounded civilians as a result of “a hysterical artillery bombardment on the entire Bagouz”, but did not identify the culprit.
According to a Halab Today correspondent, the Coalition was responsible for “martyrs and wounded civilians as a result of air raids”. Step News Agency also noted that the “International Alliance launched several air raids targeted the town of Al-Bagouz”, the outlet did not make mention of any civilian casualties.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 2
Sources: Step News Agency[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @alahmed_nasser [Arabic] [Archived], Diwanit Al Marasima [Arabic] [Archived], Mohsen Hasan [Arabic] [Archived], Sharqiya Press [Arabic] [Archived], tweet byDeir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived], Al Shaafa [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Halab Today [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested – both SDF and Coalition blamed for civilian harm
Coalition position: The Coalition stated that “On September 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Abu Kamal, 14 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed seven ISIS supply routes and one ISIS command and control center.”

 

September 13th 2018: (S1640a)  الباغوز, Bagouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local media reported a “massacre against civilians” after air and artillery strikes in the area of Sheikh Hamad in the town of Al Bagouz. A hospital was also reported damaged or destroyed in the action.
Orient News, reported “a large number of dead and wounded […] as a result of artillery and rocket fire and Coalition warplanes, especially on the Sheikh Hamad area in the town of Al-Baguz”. Halab Today confirmed that “dozens of civilians” were killed and injured as a result of Coalition airstrikes.
Jisr TV reported “intensive artillery from the French and American international coalition.” Smart New Agency claimed that the shelling had struck a hospital, leading to the death of one civilian. According to the media outlet, Al Bagouz was “subjected to dozens of raids and artillery shells and missiles, resulting in large-scale destruction”. The media outlet went on to say that the SDF was responsible for the attack, though it is Airwars’ understanding that only the Coalition has access to artillery at Deir Ezzor.
Additionally, Step News Agency stated in a tweet that six ISIS members were killed by air raids by the Coalition as they tried to advance to points controlled by the SDF near the Sheikh Hamad School in al Bagouz.
Civilians reported killed: 1-6 + 6 ISIS members
Civilians reported injured: 2-6
Sources: El Dorar [Arabic] [Archived], Jisrt TV [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived],Orient News [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @NorsForStudies [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @alreahalsaknh[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Step_news [Arabic] [Archived], Halab Today [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: The Coalition reported the following: “On September 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Abu Kamal, 12 strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, and destroyed nine ISIS supply routes, four ISIS fighting positions, one ISIS compound, one ISIS sentry location, one ISIS staging area and one ISIS counter battery fire and damaged one ISIS compound and suppressed two ISIS mortar firing points.”

 

September 13th 2018: (S1641) السوسة, Al Sousse, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported dead and wounded civilians after “artillery and missile shelling” on the outskirts of Al Sousse.
Step News Agency reported in full: “Dead and wounded civilians by artillery and missile shelling by the Syrian Democratic forces on the outskirts of the town of Sousse countryside # Deir al-Azur East.” However the SDF has no known access to artillery, suggesting that the Coalition was responsible.
Deir Ezzor 24 tweeted a similar report, but did not identify the culprit.
Civilians reported killed: 1-2
Civilians reported injured: 2-12
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Al Manar [Arabic] [Archived], tweet by @Step_News [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency (2)[Arabic] [Archived], tweet by Deir Ezzor24 [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Contested – reports mention the use of rocket-propelled grenades as well as shelling
Coalition position: The Coalition reported the following: “On September 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 12 strikes consisting of 15 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Abu Kamal, 12 strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, and destroyed nine ISIS supply routes, four ISIS fighting positions, one ISIS compound, one ISIS sentry location, one ISIS staging area and one ISIS counter battery fire and damaged one ISIS compound and suppressed two ISIS mortar firing points.”

 

September 16th 2018: (S1645) الباغوز, Bagouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: It was claimed that the US-led Coalition had killed and wounded an unspecified number of civilians in Al Bagouz.
Step News Agency reported: “The International Alliance aircraft targeted the town of Al-Bagouz Foqani and the outskirts of the town of Al-Shifa in the eastern suburb of Deir Al-Azur in several raids and news of casualties and deaths in the town of Al-Baghouz.”
No additional sources are presently known for this event.
Civilians reported killed: 2 or more
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived]
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: For September 16th-17th, the Coalition publicly reported that “On September 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 13 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units, and destroyed one ISIS command and control center, one ISIS vehicle-borne IED facility, one fighting position and one ISIS trench system and suppressed one ISIS mortar.”

 

September 19th 2018: (S1647) الباغوز, Bagouz, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported the death of Hussein al-Humeidah in al Bagouz. There was however a discrepancy in the reports. While some local sources attributed the civilian’s death to (SDF) artillery shelling, one source claimed that he was killed by a sniper.
Euphrates Post reported for example the “martyrdom of Hussein al-Humeidah after artillery shelling by the SDF on the town of Al-Bagouz this morning.”
Al Boukamal Direct added that Mr al-Humeidah had refused to leave his home to flee intense fighting in al Bagouz. However another source said Mr al-Humeidah had instead been shephering his sheep at the time of his death.
Other media also reported heavy fighting between so-called Islamic State and the SDF. Al Shafaa stated on its Facebook page that in the “early hours of the morning” columns of smoke were rising from al Baguoz and “the sounds of artillery did not calm down during most of the daylight hours”. Sound and Picture added that dozens of ISIS fighters were killed in clashes with SDF militia.
The reports of artillery shelling seemed to contradict the report from Fajr al Boukamal, who detailed that al-Humeidah was killed by sniper fire “while he was in a field shepherding his sheep”. Fajr al Boukamal is however alone in saying this.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Al Boukamal Direct [Arabic] [Archived], Fajr al Boukamal [Arabic] [Archived], Al Shafaa [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Hajin Magazine [Arabic] [Archived], Al Boukamal Direct [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested- either air or artillery strike, or sniper.
Coalition position: For September 19th, the US-led Coalition reported the following: “On September 19 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 18 strikes consisting of 26 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Albu Kamal, 18 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units, and destroyed three ISIS fighting positions, two ISIS command and control center, one ISIS vehicle, one ISIS vehicle-borne IED, one ISIS rocket launcher, one ISIS Structure, two ISIS staging areas, one ISIS machine gun, six ISIS supply routes and one ISIS tunnel and damaged two ISIS sites and suppressed one ISIS staging area.”

September 30th 2018: (S1662)  السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: One civilian died after being hit by “SDF artillery” in al Soussa, according to local media. It is Airwars’ understanding however that only the Coalition had access to artillery in the near region.
On October 1st, Boukamlna reported that  “Nuri Rifai Al Ali Al Dagher died  In Damascus yesterday [Sept 30th] from his wounds after being hit by a shell while he was working in his land in the village”.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the death of one civilian following an injury reportedly caused by “SDF artillery”.
According to Boukamal Mubashar, there was “artillery shelling by the SDF of ISIS positions in al Soussa” on September 30th.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources:  Boukamal mubashar [Arabic] [Archived], Boukamlna [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For September 30th 2018, the US led Coalition stated the following: “On Sept. 30 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 17 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, 10 strikes [2 British] engaged 14 tactical units, and destroyed two command and control centers, one truck, one up-armored vehicle, four fighting positions and two supply routes.”

 

October 2018

October 1st 2018: (S1660) Between the town of هجين Hajin and the village of Abu al Hassan, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: At least five and as many as eight people – either civilians or ISIS fighters – were killed in an Iranian missile and air strike near Hajin.
According to local site Jarf News, at least five civilians were killed and more than 10 others were wounded between Hajin and the neighboring village of Abu al-Hassan, east of Deir al-Zour.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the attack “resulted in the death of eight people, though it was unknown whether they were all members of the organization [ISIS] or if they included people from the families of ISIS members”.
But Horrya quoted sources who said that the locations bombed were civilian areas with no ISIS headquarters.
According to reports, the attack involved six ballistic missiles launched from Iran, as well as airstrikes by Iranian drones. The US later complained that Tehran had failed to warn other belligerents in the vicinity of an impending attack. The action was reportedly part of Iran’s retaliation for recent attacks on its diplomatic facility in Basra, Iraq.
Halab Today published a story in which it claimed that the photograph published in Iranian media of Abu Ali al-Mashhadani, an ISIS commander reportedly killed in the attack, was in fact an image of a “70-year-old Kazakh woman with a moustache and a long beard”.
The source went on to say that “the Al-Alam news channel later deleted the news and the picture, but it still exists on many Iranian news websites, including Aftab, which is close to Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, who did not delete the news or the picture”.
Civilians reported killed: 5-8
Civilians reported injured: 10
Sources: Shaam News [Arabic] [Archived],  Shaam News 2 [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka Facebook[Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 [DE24] [Arabic] [Archived], DE24 (2)[Arabic] [Archived], DE24 (3) [Arabic] [Archived], DE24 (4) [Arabic] [Archived], Mohamad Ahwaze [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived], Smart news agency [Arabic] [Archived], Al arabiya [Arabic] [Archived], Jobar news [Arabic] [Archived], Iraq shafaqna [Arabic] [Archived], Jorf news [Arabic] [Archived], Horrya net [Arabic] [Archived], Hajin magazine [Arabic] [Archived], Halab Today [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Iranian position: Confirmed air and missile strike, though no known confirmation of civilian harm

October 1st 2018: (S1661) مسجد الهشيم al Hashim mosque, السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local media reported that the US-led Coalition bombed the al Hashim mosque in al Soussa. However, it was unclear whether the 29 to 33 people reported killed were civilians or members of ISIS.
The Step News Agency said that the strike was carried out at dawn on October 1st, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the mosque was severely damaged and rendered inoperable.
Step News added that there were” reports of dead and injured” people – but didn’t give their combatant status.
According to Smart News, 29 people were killed in the raid – but, again, this source didn’t state whether these were members of ISIS or civilians.
The Syrian Observatory “monitored the killing of 33 ISIS members in its last enclave east of Euphrates”. Athr Press instead stated that ” A number of civilians were killed and others were injured when International Alliance aircraft targeted the Al-Hashim” mosque in the town of Al-Sousse, east of Deir Al-Zour, with a number of raids.”
Civilians reported killed:  0-33 people, though combatant status of victims unclear
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived], athrpress [Arabic] [Archived], Ibrahim Khalil [Arabic] [Archived], Jorfnews [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested – combatant status of some or all victims presently unclear
Coalition position: For October 1st 2018, the US led Coalition stated the following: “On Oct. 1 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one tactical unit, and destroyed one vehicle, one mortar tube and two supply routes.”

 

October 3rd 2018: (S1664) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to four civilians from the same family including a baby girl (named as the daughter of Hamad Mussah Shahab) died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on a civilian home on Al Soussa, according to sources on the ground.
Sources reported that the Coalition carried out several strikes on the area amid violent clashes between the SDF and ISIS. All reports attributed the civilian harm to Coalition aircraft.
According to the Smart News Agency, “a girl was killed in a bombardment by the international Coalition on Wednesday [Oct 3rd], on the village of al Soussa. Local sources said that coalition aircraft targeted the house of the civilian Hussein al-Ali with an airstrike, resulting in the death of the girl and destruction in a residential neighbourhood”.
Masar Press said that three people died, while Sound and Picture and Step News Agency reported the death of a woman.
The highest death count was give at four (from the same family) by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Smart News additionally reported that a senior ISIS figure was injured during airstrikes on the town that day: “Earlier on Wednesday, coalition aircraft targeted the town of ِAl Sousse (126 km southeast of Deir al-Zour), led to the injuring of an official of the Zakat Bureau (Diwan Al Zakat) in Daesh, a source said.”
Civilians reported killed: 1-4, including 1 child and 1 woman
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources:  The Official Page for Al Soussa [Facebook] [Arabic] [Archived], The Youth of Al Soussa [Arabic] [Archived], The Syrian National Council [Arabic] [Archived], The Syrian National Council (2) [Arabic] [Archived],Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (3) [Arabic] [Archived], DE24 [Arabic] [Archived], Ibrahim Khalil [from al Shaheel, Deir Ezzor] [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SO4HR) [Archived], Shaam News Network(SNN) [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Masar Press [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency (2) [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 3rd 2018, the US-led Coalition reported the following: “On Oct. 3 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets.
•  Near Abu Kamal, 11 strikes engaged 11 tactical units, and destroyed two fighting positions, two mortars, one compound, four supply routes and suppressed one staging area.”

October 4th 2018: (S1665) هجين Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local reports, a Coalition drone or air strike – or possibly a mortar strike by local US proxies the SDF – killed a woman and her two children in the town of Hajin in Deir Ezzor governorate.
Euphrates Post named the victims as the wife of Khaled Al-Hajij and her two daughters [named as Ruqayya and Noura Khaled al Hjeij by the Syrian Network]. However while Euphrates Post described multiple air and drone strikes on the town that day, both it along with Deir Ezzor 24 and the Syrian Human Rights Committee blamed the civilian deaths on an SDF mortar round. Free Deir Ezzor Radio and Step News instead said the deaths had resulted from a Coalition airstrike.
In a posssibly related event, Smart News reported a local source as saying that “a UAV aircraft of the coalition targeted a house on the outskirts of the city taken by Daesh as a headquarters, which led to the death of eight of its members and wounded several others.”
Civilians reported killed: 3, including 2 girls and 1 woman
Civilians reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Euphrates Post (1) [Arabic] [Archived],  Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 (1) [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio[Arabic] [Archived], Hajeen Magazine (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Hajeen Magazine (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Step News [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News [Arabic] [Archived], Hajeen Network[Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 (3) [Arabic] [Archived], al Rased al Soure [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Human Rights Committee [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights[Archived],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For October 4th 2018, the US-led Coalition reported the following: “On Oct. 4 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, 10 strikes engaged 15 tactical units, and destroyed one command and control center, one vehicle-borne IED, one piece of heavy equipment, two mortars, one vehicle, two supply routes and suppressed two staging areas.”

October 8th 2018: (S1667) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A civilian house was reported destroyed in a Coalition airstrike on al Soussa. Two reports said that non -combatants died.
A tweet by @ashameree199 described “A raid by the International Coalition against the house and shops of Mr. Rafie al-Ghannam, which is inhabited by the families of fighters of the organization’ [IS]  with Iraqi nationality. and it has been raised to the ground.”
Free Deir Ezzor Broadcasting reported that “A raid by the international coalition was aimed at the house and shops of Mr. Rafie al-Ghannam. The entire area was destroyed in the town of al-Sousse in Deir al-Zour countryside.” It also cited the deth of a civilian family – though gave no further details.
Civilians reported killed: 3 or more
Civilians reported injured: Unknown
Sources: @ashameree199 tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Broadcasting (1)[Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Broadcasting (2) [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: “On Oct. 8 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, five strikes engaged seven tactical units, and destroyed one weapons cache, one staging area and one supply route.”

 

October 10th 2018: (S1668) الشعفة al Sha’afa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to four civilians including a child were reported killed in Coalition airstrikes on al Sha’afa, according to a number of sources.
The victims were described as internally displaced people (IDPs) by al Sha’afa town’s Facebook page, which noted “Confirmation of the killing of four civilians in Al-Sha’afa in the recent raids on the town. The victims were IDPs in al Sha’afa and include an 11-year-old boy.”
Step News also noted that “Four civilians, including a child, were killed by air strikes by the International coalition aircraft yesterday in the eastern town of Al-Shafa, east of Deir Ezzor.”
Deir Ezzor 24 instead placed the death toll at three civilians killed, though it also blamed the US-led alliance. And Smart News noted that additional civilians were injured in the event: “A local source told Smart that four civilians were killed Thursday, including a child and others received wounds ranging between medium and light, as a result of bombing by the coalition aircraft International on the town of Shaaafa east of Deir Ezzor which is under the control of the Islamic State.”
Civilians reported killed: 3-4 including one child
Civilians reported injured: 3 or more
Sources: Al Sha’afa town Facebook page [Arabic] [Archived], Step News [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archived], Al Hassakah al Raqqa Deir Ezzor News Network [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News [Arabic] Archived], Shamra News [Arabic] [Archived], Orient News[Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: “On Oct. 10 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 50 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, 33 strikes engaged 18 tactical units, and destroyed 15 fighting positions, 11 mortars, two command and control centers, one tech vehicle, and two vehicle-borne IEDs.”

October 10th 2018: (S1669) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source alleged that several dozen prisoners being held by Islamic State were killed when their prison was struck by the US-led Coalition or its allies the SDF.
The Faceboook site Exiles of the Euphrates claimed the following: “An old and sly policy of Daesh – when you want to lose a village or a town which has a prison in it, you place a big flag or a gun on the prison [roof] so it gets fired on and this way you get rid of all the prisoners without having to worry about transporting them or stopping them from running away. This is what they did in Mosul and in other Iraqis towns and in Raqqa and al Mayadeen. Yesterday they repeated this  same game in Al Soussa, which led to the death of dozens of prisoners which Daesh was holding. We count them with God as martyrs.”
Airwars researchers can presently find no additional sources for this claim.
Civilians reported killed: 24 or more
Civilians reported injured: Unknown
Sources:
Quality of reporting: Weak – presently single source
Coalition position: “On Oct. 10 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 33 strikes consisting of 50 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, 33 strikes engaged 18 tactical units, and destroyed 15 fighting positions, 11 mortars, two command and control centers, one tech vehicle, and two vehicle-borne IEDs.”

 

October 12th 2018: (S1670) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A named adult civilian male was reported killed by Coalition shellling at al Soussa, in an attack which also killed five ISIS fighters.
Radio al Kul and a number of other sources noted only the deaths of the ISIS fighters. According to Syrian PC one of them was a high value target: “One of the leaders of Daesh was killed after an air strike of the international coalition targeted the town of Sousse coinciding with battles between Daesh and the Syrian democratic forces there. The leader of the organization of Daesh Okba Nafi Al Haj Hamed, who decanted from the town of Abu Kamal to the town of Sousse, was killed by an air strike carried out by warplanes.”
The civilian victim was named by the Syrian Network, al Soussa village’s Facebook page and others as Abdullah Saleh Al Haji Mohammed al Mhaimed. Baladi News said he died when a shell landed on his home.
Civilians reported killed: 1, and 5 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: Unknown
Sources: Sarmad al Jilane tweet [Archived], Radio al Kul [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian PC[Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Bukamal Live [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], al Soussa village Facebook [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Archived], Baladi News[Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: “On Oct. 12 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 36 strikes consisting of 56 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, 36 strikes [2-3 British] engaged 15 tactical units, and destroyed 20 fighting positions, five mortars, four staging areas, one tunnel, and one assembly area site.”

October 13th 2018: (S1673) السوسة Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to five civilians were reported killed in air and/or artillery strikes on the town of al Soussa during ongoing heavy fighting.
Most sources described a Coalition air or artillery strike on one of the town’s bakeries, which reportedly killed four non combatants. Al Alam News for example reported that “US Coalition forces targeted the bakery at Sousse east of Deir al-Zour, which led to the martyrdom and wounding of a number of civilians.”
Baladi News placed the death tolll at four – blaming SDF artillery for the casualties. [However Airwars understands that only the US-led Coalition deployed artillery at al Sousse]: “According to local news sources, SDF forces stationed in Zahra al-Bagouz heavily shelled a bakery in the town of Al-Bagouz, east of Deir al-Zour, on Saturday, killing four civilians and wounding others.”
In what may be a separate or linked event, Smart news noted the following: “A civilian was killed and six others, all women and children, were wounded on Saturday in bombing by International Alliance aircraft on the town of Sousse (126 km southeast of Deir al-Zour) in eastern Syria. A local source told SMART that coalition aircraft bombed the town under the control of Daesh, adding that the injured were four children and two women.”
Civilians reported killed: 4-5
Civilians reported injured: 6
Sources: Al Ahmed Nasser tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Al Alam [Arabic] [Archived], Syria News[Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Sama News [Arabic] [Archived], Al Nour News [Arabic] [Archived], Athr Press News [Arabic] [Archived], Barada News [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassakah [Arabic] [Archived], Step News [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: “On Oct. 13 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 34 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, 23 strikes [2-3 British] engaged 18 tactical units, and destroyed 11 supply routes, 6 mortars, four staging areas, one weapons cache, one piece of heavy equipment, one IED factory, and one fighting position.”

 

October 14th 2018: (S1676) السوسة Al Bahra, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local reports said that four non combatants (perhaps along with two ISIS fighters) were killed in a Coalition air or artillery strike on al Bahra.
Syrian United Observatory and tweeter Shabab al Latamna both reported four civilians killed. In its own report, Step News noted that “Four civilians and two members of Daesh were killed in a coalition air raid after infiltrating elements into the town of al-Bahra, east of Deir al-Zour.”
No additional details are presently known.
Civilians reported killed: 4, and 2 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Syrian United Observatory [Arabic] [Archived], Shabab al Latamna tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Step News [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: “On Oct 14, 2018 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 12 military strikes consisting of 14 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal, 12 strikes engaged five tactical units, and destroyed two command and control centers, six weapons caches, one compound, three staging areas and two supply routes.”

 

October 17th 2018: (S1679) هجين Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Six SDF fighters were alleged killed and a further 15 injured in an alleged Coalition ‘friendly fire’ airstrike according to what was effectively a single source.
That single source cllaim, which originated from Russian state news agency RIA, stated the following according to Russia Today:
“Two US-led coalition aircraft have bombed Syrian Kurdish forces, disrupting their offensive on Islamic State terrorists, RIA news agency reports. The diplomatic source has called out US’ “lack of coordination and professionalism.”
Two US-led coalition’s F-15 fighter jets have mistakenly targeted Kurdish units amid their offensive on the remaining forces of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Syria, RIA reported, citing a “military and diplomatic source.” It said six people were killed and 15 injured on the Kurdish side.
The incident, which took place near the town of Hajin in the Syrian eastern Deir ez-Zor province, did not just disrupt the operation but also reportedly led to numerous defections in the ranks of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Even worse, the terrorists managed to seize some territories in the area, the source added.
“These facts demonstrate that the US policy in Syria has failed just as in the neighboring Iraq, as it does not solve any problems but only creates the new one for the whole region,” the source said, accusing Washington of only “imitating” its fight against the terrorists in Syria to justify its continued presence in the war-torn country.”
There are no known additional reports corroborating the action, though Syrian sources did report heavy civilian strikes on the town that day, including on civilian areas. Sputnik News reported on October 19th that the US-led Coalition was assessing the event: “We have received reports about a possible ‘blue-on-green’ incident in northeast Syria. The incident is under investigation and we will release more details at the appropriate time. The SDF [Syrian Democratic Forces] is a partner in the effort to defeat ISIS [Daesh], and we will continue to support them as they liberate the last stronghold of ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley,” Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Sean Ryan told Sputnik.”
Friendly forces reported killed: 6 SDF fighters
Friendly forces reported injured: 15 SDF fighters
Sources: Russia Today (citing RIA) [Archive], Sputnik News [English-language RIA] [Archived], Hajin Magazine facebook page [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Sputnik News (2) [Archived], Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Qasioun [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Step News[Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Weak – effectively single source, as all reports trace claim back to RT/ RIA.
Coalition position: “On Oct. 17 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal and Hajin, 14 strikes destroyed six fighting positions, six firing positions, one observation point, one facility, one armored vehicle, two staging areas, one supply route and damaged one fighting position.”

October 18th 2018: (S1681) Home of Mohammed al-Obeid al-Hattab in al Aaliyya neighbourhood, السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: At least 9 and as many as 15 civilians were reported killed, described as women and children of Iraqi origin, following a reported Coalition airstrike on the home of home of Mohammed al-Obeid al-Hattab in al Soussa. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the strike occurred at 23.00. The event may be confused in some media and social media reports with one or two additional civilian harm events over a 30 hour period.
Euphrates Post – which timelined a number of civilian harm events in the town over a period of hours, stated that “According to the correspondent of Euphrate Post, the killing of nearly 15 civilians, including women and children of Iraqi nationality, following an air strike targeted a house in the neighborhood of Al-Aaliyya in the town of Al Sousse in Al Bukamal countryside early Thursday.“
Free Deir Ezzor Radio placed the toll at 13 civilians killed. The Syrian Network placed the toll at a minimum of nine killed, noting “at least 9 civilians, including 4 children and 2 women, killed as International Coalition forces warplanes fired missiles on a house in al Aliyat neighborhood.”
Smart News said that a number of houses were targeted by the Coalition, particularly in the al Sarat area of al Soussa: “The source pointed out that the houses that were destroyed belonged originally to  expatriate civilians in the GCC countries and to others who have recently moved to the village of Al-Shaaf’a, as the organization seized them and turned them into headquarters and houses for its members and their families.”
Halab Today instead said that those harmed were IDPs from nearby villages: “the raid targeted a house where displaced people from neighboring villages, resulting in the deaths and injuries of an unknown number.”
The Syrian Observatory initiallly placed the toll for this and the following event at al Soussa on October 18th at 24 civilian fatalities, noting that “the number of martyrs is still increasing due to some wounded being in a serious condition, and the presence of missing persons.” On October 22nd the Observatory lowered its estimate to 18 killed on both events, along with 11 ISIS fighters: “18 Iraqi citizens of the families of Daesh including 7 children and 4 women, were killed in the bombardment which targeted a mosque and a house in Al-Susah town, on 18th October 2018.”
Madar News, citing a local activist, said 43 people died in the two October 18th events. Marsad al Hassakah placed the toll for the two events lower, reporting that “Eighteen Iraqi civilians, including seven children and four citizens, were martyred in the air bombardment of a mosque and an adjacent house.”
According to reports, multiple Coalition airstrikes targeted the ISIS-occupied town of al Soussa between Thursday October 17th and Friday October 18th causing mass casualties. As well as the Ammar bin Yasser mosque which was struck at noon on the Thursday along with the home of Mohammed al-Obeid al-Hattab earlier that same morning (event S ), the Othman mosque was also reported hit the following day at Friday prayers (event S ). Deir Ezzor Radio said that overall, 60 to 70 civilians including 10 children died in the three Coalition strikes on the town. Sana News placed the overall death count at 62. The Syrian Observatory placed the toll for the three events at 47 civilians and 9 ISIS fighters killed. Al Jazeera said approximately 65 civilians were killed with dozens injured in the three events.
Civilians reported killed: 9-15 non combatants including 4 children and 2 women, along with 2 or more ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured:
Sources:
GENERAL Step News [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archived], SANA News (Syrian state media) [Arabic] [Archived], Halab Today [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassakah [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], SANA News (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio (2) [Arabic] [Archived],
SPECIFIC: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Ibrahim Khalil tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News [Arabic] [Archived], Halab Today [Arabic] [Archived], Madar Daily News [Arabic] [Archived], Shaam News [Arabic] [Archived], Eldorar News [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Olay_2002 tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Firaj Bukamal [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights[Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Archived], Marsad al Hassakah (2) [Arabic] [Archived],Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archive] SN4HR full report English, SN4HR full report Arabic,
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: “On Oct. 17 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal and Hajin, 14 strikes destroyed six fighting positions, six firing positions, one observation point, one facility, one armored vehicle, two staging areas, one supply route and damaged one fighting position.”

 

October 18th 2018: (S1680) جامع عمار بن ياسر, Ammar bin Yasser mosque in البوبدران Al Boubadran village near السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: At least 10 and as many as 60 civilians were reported killed  by the US-led Coalition after a strike or strikes hit the Ammar bin Yasser mosque in Al Boubadran village near al Soussa. The event may be confused in some media and social media reports to one or two additional civilian harm events over a 30 hour period.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the strike occurred “at around 12:00, during the Friday Prayer”.
According to most reports the strike took place around noon – although Eldorar and Baladi News claimed that worshippers leaving an evening prayer service were struck. Other reports confused this strike and associated imagery with an event on October 19th at another mosque in al Soussa (see below.)
An ISIS propaganda video showed multiple male corpses among the rubble of the entirely destroyed mosque, along with at least one dead child. An eyewitness in the film stated: “They knew that this place is a place to spread religion, the guys were here to learn but they wanted them to oppose their religion, the Coalition cannot face our brothers in the front lines, so they destroy mosques, this mosque I saw it I was an eye witness.”
Deir Ezzor Radio said that “at least 30 civilians died including two children” in the mosque strike. Zaman al Wasl instead said the toll was 15 including women and children, noting that “the civilians are 6 Syrians and 9 members of displaced Iraqi families.”
Bukamal Live named a victim as Diaa Latouf Al Dibs from Abu Kamal. Euphrates Post named the same victim as Mohammed Dia’a Abdul Latif al-Dabbas – while a footnote to that story asserted that 38 civilians in total had died in the attack. Euphrates Post itself placed the toll at 10 however – while noting two other major civilian harm events in the near vicinity. Sana News (the official Syrian state media outlet) also placed the civilian toll at 10.
A Reuters report indicated that the Coalition had deliberately struck the mosque believing it to be an ISIS command and control centre. ‘The U.S.-led coalition said it destroyed a mosque which Islamic State fighters had turned into a headquarters in al-Sousa to defend their last territory. The strike on Thursday killed 12 militants, disabling a command center they had used to attack coalition forces and their allies, it said. “Such Daesh misuse of the mosque is another example of their violation of the law of war and made the mosque a valid military target,” spokesman Colonel Sean Ryan said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State. The coalition monitored the facility to know when only fighters were present, and it investigates “all credible allegations of civilian casualties”, he said in an emailed statement in response to questions from Reuters.”
The Syrian Observatory initiallly placed the toll for this and the previous event at al Soussa on October 18th at 24 civilian fatalities, noting that “the number of martyrs is still increasing due to some wounded being in a serious condition, and the presence of missing persons.” On October 22nd the Observatory lowered its estimate to 18 killed on both events, along with 11 ISIS fighters: “18 Iraqi citizens of the families of Daesh including 7 children and 4 women, were killed in the bombardment which targeted a mosque and a house in Al-Susah town, on 18th October 2018.”
Madar News, citing a local activist, said 43 people died in the two October 18th events. Marsad al Hassakah placed the toll for the two events lower, reporting that “Eighteen Iraqi civilians, including seven children and four citizens, were martyred in the air bombardment of a mosque and an adjacent house.”
According to reports, multiple Coalition airstrikes targeted the ISIS-occupied town of al Soussa between Thursday October 17th and Friday October 18th causing mass casualties. As well as the Ammar bin Yasser mosque which was struck at noon on the Thursday along with the home of Mohammed al-Obeid al-Hattab earlier that same morning (event S ), the Othman mosque was also reported hit the following day at Friday prayers (event S ). Deir Ezzor Radio said that overall, 60 to 70 civilians including 10 children died in the three Coalition strikes on the town. Sana News placed the overall death count at 62. The Syrian Observatory placed the toll for the three events at 47 civilians and 9 ISIS fighters killed. Al Jazeera said approximately 65 civilians were killed with dozens injured in the three events.
However, according to The Displaced of the Euphrates, the people killed in the mosque were members of ISIS.
Civilians reported killed: 10 to 60 non combatants including 2-5 children, along with up to 9 ISIS fighters
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources:
GENERAL Step News [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archived], SANA News (Syrian state media) [Arabic] [Archived], Halab Today [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassakah [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], SANA News (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio (2) [Arabic] [Archived],
SPECIFIC: Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Archived], GRAPHIC Muhajareen Al Furat (ISIS video), GRAPHIC Al Soussa village faceboook page [Archived], Suriye UAD [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio (3) [Arabic] [Archived], Sana News [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archived], Middle East Eye [Archived], Zaman al Wasl [Arabic] [Archived], Howiya Press[Arabic] [Archived], Eldorar News [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archived], Horrya News [Arabic] [Archived], Madar Daily News [Arabic] [Archived], Bukamal Live [Arabic] [Archived], Al Sharqia 24 facebook (1)[Arabic] [Archived], Al Sharqia 24 tweet (1) [Arabic] [Archived], Al Jazeera News [Arabic] [Archived], Firaj Bukamal [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Human Rights Committee[Archived], Halab Today [Arabic] [Archived], Reuters [Archived], Marsad al Hassakah [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Archived], Marsad al Hassakah (2) [Arabic] [Archived], The Displaced of the Euphrates [Arabic] [Archived], SirajAldyin2018 [Arabic] [ISIS propaganda video] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: “On Oct. 17 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Abu Kamal and Hajin, 14 strikes destroyed six fighting positions, six firing positions, one observation point, one facility, one armored vehicle, two staging areas, one supply route and damaged one fighting position.”

October 19th 2018: (S1682) عثمان بن عفان Othman Bin Affan mosque [also known as Hajji Mohammad Mosque] in البوبدران Al Boubadran  السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate,Syria
Summary: In what several sources described as “a massacre”, at least eight and as many as 70 civilians were reported killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Osman Bin Affan Mosque in the village of Al-Sousse after Friday prayers. The incident occurred after two other reported incidents on October 18th in and around al Soussa, targeting the home of Mohammed al-Obeid al-Hattab in Al-Soussa and the Ammar bin Yasser mosque in Al Boubadran village near al Soussa.
The lowest death count was given at eight, by the Smart News Agency.
According to the Smart,  the bombing caused the deaths of more than 40 people, “including eight civilians”. The source went on to say that the rest of those killed were “elements of the ‘Daesh’, mostly Iraqis.” It should be noted, however, that “elements of Daesh” does not specifically refer to ISIS fighters and can therefore also include ISIS family members, which could explain why other sources put the death toll higher.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “at least 16 civilians, including five children, were killed as International Coalition forces warplanes fired missiles on Othman Bin Affan Mosque, known as Hajji Mohammad Mosque, in al Boubadran neighborhood in al Sousa town”.
Marsad Al Hasaka put the death toll higher at  23 civilians including three children, of whom six were reportedly Syrians and the rest of Iraqi nationality. It added that 11 members of ISIS also died, noting that the airstrike hit the mosque and surrounding houses.
The majority of sources put civilian death in the range of between 30-46, although some sources referred to the total while others refer to the number as civilian casualties.
For example, Euphrates Post said that a total of 37 people, including a large number “members of “Daesh”” died, whereas Sana News said that 37 civilians were killed.
Sana’s  sources stated that the death toll was likely to rise as most of the wounded sustained serious injuries and many people remained trapped under the rubble of destroyed homes.
Al Jazeera quoted German medical sources of the opposition in Deir al-Zour, stating that in total more than 35 people were killed and sixty others were wounded. In addition, “the sources pointed out that a number of bodies and wounded are still under the ruins of the mosque, which was completely destroyed…”
Sound and Picture put death toll even higher, at 46 civilians with 100 wounded. In a subsequent post, this source  posted a video reportedly showing F16 international coalition planes flying over the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor just minutes before the airstrike.
A number of  sources, including Baladi, @saaraaa2011 and @NorsForStudies tweeted that as many as 70 civilians died in this event.
Civilians reported killed: 8-70, including 3-5 children and at least 2 women
Civilians reported injured: 12-100
Sources: Hamah Now Tweet [Arabic] [Archived], Mohammed Hassan tweet [Arabic] [Archived], NorsForStudies tweet (1) [Arabic] [Archived], Masar Press Net tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Shaam [Arabic] [Archive], Madar daily[Arabic] [Archive], Edorar [Arabic] [Archive], Bukamal Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Freedeirezzor Radio Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Sana [Archive], Step Facebook post (1)[Arabic] [Archive], Step Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Smart [Arabic] [Archive], Sarmad Al-Jilane [Arabic] [Archive], SNHR [Archive], SOHR[Arabic] [Archive], Sound and Picture Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye u.a.d Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archive], Aljazeera [Arabic] [Archive], Sara K.M. tweet [Arabic] [Archive], NorsForStudies tweet (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Aboalhodaalhoms tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Sound and Picture Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Samad Al-Jilane tweet (2) [Arabic] [Archive],Freedeirezzor Radio Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Sound and Picture Facebook post (3) [Arabic] [Archive], Bukmalna [Arabic] [Archive], SNHR (2) [Archive], SNHR (3) [Archive], Al Hasaka Arabea [Arabic] [Archive], SOHR (2) [Archive], Syria Unified Observatory [Arabic] [Archive], Baladi news [Arabic] [Archive],Souriyati [Arabic] [Archive], Omar Abu Layla tweet thread [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 18th – 19th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal and Hajin, 10 strikes engaged 29 tactical units, and destroyed two command and control centers, one IED facility, one vehicle-borne IED facility, one mortar team headquarters, one building and two staging areas.”
For October 19th-20th: “Near Hajin, 10 strikes engaged 11 tactical units, and destroyed one vehicle-borne IED, one armored vehicle, three vehicles and five supply routes.”

October 19th 2018: (S1683)   هجين Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: An alleged fourth Coalition airstrike in the area of Deir Ezzor in the last 48 hours hit a ‘Qur’an institute’ (a place in which the Qur’an is taught) in Hajin, in what some sources described as another “horrific massacre”.
Various sources reported that the airstrike killed six civilians and wounded several others.
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the strike occurred at 12.00 and killed six civilian included at least three children and one woman, all of whom were Iraqi refugees.
Civilians reported killed: 6 including at least 3 children and 1 woman
Civilians reported injured: at least 2
Sources: Baladi [Arabic] [Archive], Alazorre tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Elodar news [Arabic] [Archive], DMUO[Arabic] [Archive], Mohammad al Qasim Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Horrya [Arabic] [Archive],Shbablatamneh [Arabic] [Archive], Alkhaleej online [Arabic] [Archive], Free Dierazzour Radio [Arabic] [Archive],Step news [Arabic] [Archive], Halab Today TV [Arabic] [Archive], Marsad Al Hasaka [Arabic] [Archive], SNHR[Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) [Archive], SNHR full English report, SNHR full Arabic report
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For  October 18th – 19th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal and Hajin, 10 strikes engaged 29 tactical units, and destroyed two command and control centers, one IED facility, one vehicle-borne IED facility, one mortar team headquarters, one building and two staging areas.”
For October 19th-20th: “Near Hajin, 10 strikes engaged 11 tactical units, and destroyed one vehicle-borne IED, one armored vehicle, three vehicles and five supply routes.”

 

October 22nd 2018: (S1684) السوسة  mosque and internet café, Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Several civilians were killed and injured in alleged Coalition air and/or artillery strikes on a mosque and internet café in Al Soussa, according to a single source – though a number of other reports said that the victims were members of ISIS.
Euphrates Post reported that “a number of members of the Islamic State organization were killed and wounded following  an air strike by the international coalition targeted an Internet lounge in the town of al Sousse.”
Smart also reported deaths and injuries of “a number” of people “likely” to have been members of ISIS –  “in addition to material damage in a number of houses, a mosque, and an Internet place.”
However, in two posts Free Deir Ezzor media said that the alleged Coalition strikes had resulted in “dead and wounded civilians”.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported no civilian harm, but said that the Coalition had “fired missiles on al Ghannam Mosque in al Sousa town…severely damaging the building and rendering it inoperable, on October 22, 2018.”
An October 22nd Centcom press release confirmed that the Coalition had carried out a strike on a mosque in Al Soussa on this day, which it said was being used by ISIS as a “defensive fighting position and command center”. It added that the strike had killed “several Daesh”.
Sources: Centcom report [Archived], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archived], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Sound and Picture (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Unified Observatory [Jihadi, though unclear who affiliated to] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Bukamalna facebook [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor media [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor media (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Hawar news [Kurdish news agency] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archived], SN4HR (2) [Archived],
Civilians reported killed: 1-2, including 1-2 children
Civilians reported injured: 1-2
Quality of reporting: weak
Coalition position: For October 21st-22nd, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal and Hajin, 13 strikes engaged 13 tactical units, and destroyed three supply routes, two bridges, two vehicles, one command and control center, one fighting position, one firing position, one compound and two staging areas.”
For October 22nd-23rd: “Near Abu Kamal and Hajin, 33 strikes [1 British] engaged 16 tactical units, and destroyed 13 fighting positions, 10 supply routes, two firing positions, two compounds, one piece of heavy equipment, one IED facility, and one staging area.”

 

October 24th 2018: (S1686) Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to the source Marsad al Hassaka, “more than 20 civilians were killed in an air strike by the international coalition aircraft on a house in the town of al-Sousse in the eastern suburb of Deir al-Zour. There were dozens of air strikes targeting civilian houses and large-scale destruction in the town amid attempts by the SDF to enter its neighborhoods. The SDF are meeting violent resistance from IS”.
Meanwhile, on October 24th, Sana reported: “local sources told SANA that the coalition’s warplanes raided the residential neighborhoods in al-Sosa village and its vicinity in the south eastern countryside of the province, claiming the lives of a number of civilians and injuring others.
A Coalition spokesperson tweeted that the alliance had carried out a strike on a mosque in Al Soussa on this day.
In another post Marsad Hassaka (again on October 24th) gave some context: “There have been dozens of raids by the international coalition aircraft since early morning and artillery shelling fired from Al-Tank oil field targeting al Sousse. Additionally, there has been artillery shelling by the French in al Baghouz to prepare the ground for the Kurdish units to invade. The area saw  missile shelling fired from al Omar oil  field. Kurdish units are sending dozens of fighters to storm al  Sousse following a counterattack by the organization [IS]  yesterday night [Oct 23rd]. Clashes are continuing and Syrian regime forces are on alert on the opposite Bank of the Euphrates (al Shamia).”
Sources: Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Marsad al Hassaka [Arabic] [Archived], Sana [Arabic] [Archived], OIR spokesperson [Archived],
Civilians reported killed: 20
Civilians reported injured: 2-4
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 23rd-24th, the Coalition reported: “Near Hajin, 30 strikes engaged 16 tactical units, and destroyed 18 fighting positions, 10 supply routes, two bridges, three vehicles, two firing positions, one compound, one vehicle borne IED, one command and control center.”
For October 24th-25th: “Near Hajin, 27 strikes engaged five tactical units, destroyed 22 fighting positions, three firing positions, one weapons cache, two staging areas, three mortars, five supply routes, one IED factory, one vehicle borne IED, one bridge, one vehicle, one command and control center, and one factory.”

 

October 24th 2018: (S1687)  مسجد الزوية al Zawiya mosque, Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate,Syria.
Summary: An alleged Coalition airstrike hit the Al-Zawiya Mosque in Hajin, making this the fourth airstrike on a mosque reportedly carried out by the Coalition in the governorate of Deir Ezzor in less than a week. Sources reported that up to 16 civilians died in this attack.
Free Deir Ezzor said that there were reports of “several civilian deaths” after “international coalition aircraft committed a new massacre by targeting Al Zawiya mosque in Hajin”.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a total of 16 people were killed, of whom seven were civilians and nine members of ISIS.
Step News Agency put the civilian death toll at eight and Sound and Picture at nine.
According to Syrian Unified Observatory, “16 people” died with “dozens more wounded”. This source also attributed the event to the Coalition.
Hajin magazine provided some context on the recent mosque strikes: “People inside Hajin and the villages under the control of Daesh have unfortunately become the target of planes while they’re in mosques. The reason for this is that those dogs and pigs of Daesh are using mosques as headquarters. We ask you as far as possible to stay away from them. God saves us from Daesh.”
Civilians reported killed: 2-16
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Hajin Magazin Facebook Post (1) [Arabic] [Archive] , Hajin Magazin Facebook post (2), [Arabic] [Archive], SOHR [Archive], Euphrates Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], DeirEzzor24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive],Free Deir Ezzor media Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Marsad al Hassaka Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive],Suriye u.a.d. Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Bukamalna [Arabic] [Archive], Smart news [Arabic] [Archive], OIR spokesman [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Al Latamna Youth Gathering Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Nors For Studies tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Radiokull [Arabic] [Archive], Erem [Arabic] [Archive], Qasioun [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 23rd-24th, the Coalition reported: “Near Hajin, 30 strikes engaged 16 tactical units, and destroyed 18 fighting positions, 10 supply routes, two bridges, three vehicles, two firing positions, one compound, one vehicle borne IED, one command and control center.”
For October 24th-25th: “Near Hajin, 27 strikes engaged five tactical units, destroyed 22 fighting positions, three firing positions, one weapons cache, two staging areas, three mortars, five supply routes, one IED factory, one vehicle borne IED, one bridge, one vehicle, one command and control center, and one factory.”

 

October 27th 2018: (S1688) البوبدران, Al Boubadran, Deir Ezzor, governorate, Syria
Summary: In what local media referred to as a “massacre”, five civilians including a woman and two or three children were reported killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the house of Rajab al-Hassan in the area of Al Boubadran, a village said to be under ISIS control.
The victims were named by multiple sources as Rajan- al Hassan, his wife, two children, and another man named Zidan Atiyya al-Salbi.
Baladi and Horrya joined the majority of sources in putting the death toll at five, noting that four of these people were from the same family.
But while @DeirEzzor24 also said five had died, it reported that three of these were children. All other sources, however, said that two children had died.
Freedierazourradio was alone in saying that the two children killed were Mr Rajab’s grandchildren; all other sources said that they were his children.
Civilians reported killed: 5, including 1 woman and 2-3 children.
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive],Freedierrazzourradio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye u.a.d. Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Alsuosah Village Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step news [Arabic] [Archive], Smart news [Arabic] [Archive], The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive], Shbablatamneh3 [Arabic] [Archive], Alalam news [Arabic] [Archive], Baladi news [Arabic] [Archive], Jisrtv [Arabic] [Archive], Masar [Arabic] [Archive], Horrya news [Arabic] [Archive], Nors For Studies tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Alreahaslakenah tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Alkhabar [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archived], Sputnik [Arabic] [Archived], Sana [Arabic] [Archived], RT [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 27th – October 28th 2018 the Coalition reported “Near Hajin, 24 strikes engaged 12 tactical units, and destroyed three headquarters buildings, five command and control centers, four supply routes, three weapons caches, two IED facilities, and one mortar.”

October 27th-28th 2018: (S1690) Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between five and 20 civilians died in Hajin as a result of alleged Coalition air and /or artillery strikes between October 27th and 28th, according to local media.
On October 28th, Syria Unified Observatory reported “the martyrdom of about 20 people of the city of # Hajin and village # Al-Shaafa east of Deir Ezzor, mostly women and children, who were killed by aircraft of the International Alliance yesterday [Oct 27th]”.
The same figure was given by Baladi.
According to Deir Ezzor radio, on October 28th, “dozens of women and children were injured in the town of Al Sousse and Hajin city because of raids by the international coalition. The strikes targeted their homes”.
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor radio [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor radio (2) [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived], Syrian Unified Observatory [Arabic] [Archived], Baladi [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor radio (3) [Arabic] [Archived], Free Deir Ezzor radio (4) [Arabic] [Archived], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archived],
Civilians reported killed: 5-20
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For October 26th-27th, the Coalition reported: “Near Hajin, 33 strikes engaged 22 tactical units, destroyed 23 fighting positions, three firing positons, three vehicle-borne IEDs, two vehicle borne IED facilities, one building, one command and control center, one weapons cache, one vehicle, and three supply routes.”
For October 27th-28th: “Near Hajin, 24 strikes engaged 12 tactical units, and destroyed three headquarters buildings, five command and control centers, four supply routes, three weapons caches, two IED facilities, and one mortar.”
For October 28th-29th: “Near Hajin, eight strikes engaged two tactical units, and destroyed one supply route, two vehicles, one command and control center, one mortar, one explosive manufacturing facility, one compound and one staging area.”

 

October 28th 2018: (S1689)  الشعفة, Al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria.
Summary: Up to 20 civilians including an unspecified number of women and children died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the town of Al Shaafa, which is under the control of ISIS, according to local media.
Several local sources reported that “a number of civilian died” in the airstrike.
@DeirEzzor24 put the death toll at one civilian and reported that dozens more were injured.
However, Horrya said that as many as 10 civilians were killed.
Baladi, The Syrian Unified Observatory and @Mrskurai reported the deaths of 20 civilians in Al Shaafa and Hajin.
According to Al Shaafa Official, the raid in in Al Shaafa killed a “number of civilians”, one of who was named asBader Al-Zaghir, who is from an area or a tribe called “Saad”.
Multiple sources stated that “most” of the victims were women and children.
The Step News Agency added that an unspecified number of “Daesh elements” had also been killed in strikes on Al Shaafa, Al Soussa and Hajin.
Civilians reported killed: 1-20, including children and women
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Euphrates Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Archive] [Arabic], Suriye u.a.d. Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archive], Al Shafaa (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Al Shafaa (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Step news [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Baladi news [Arabic] [Archive], Horrya news [Arabic] [Archive], Step tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Mrskurai tweet [Arabic] [Archive], The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Archive],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 27th – October 28th 2018 the Coalition reported “Near Hajin, 24 strikes engaged 12 tactical units, and destroyed three headquarters buildings, five command and control centers, four supply routes, three weapons caches, two IED facilities, and one mortar.”

 

October 30th 2018: (S1692) Kushma, و الكشمة Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local sources reported on “two new massacres” resulting from alleged Coalition airstrikes targeting the towns of Al Sha’fa and al-Kushma in Deir al-Zour. Several sources including Free Deir Ezzor Radio and Baladi News reported the killing of a total of 17 civilians including four women and three children.
Baladi added that the victims were all Iraqis.
However, Step News Agency and a tweet from @Olay reported that 17 civilians were killed in Kushma alone and four others in the town of Shaafa, including women and children.
According to Step, those killed were members of IS families.
Civilians reported killed: 17, 0-3 children and 0-4 women
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive], Baladi news [Arabic] [Archive], Olay tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive],  Al-Sha’fa [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 29th-30th, the Coalition reported: “Near Hajin, eight strikes engaged 10 tactical units, and destroyed two weapons caches, one vehicle borne IED, one vehicle, one command and control center, and one fighting position.”
For October 30th-31st: “Near Hajin, six strikes engaged six tactical units, and destroyed nine vehicles, seven supply routes, and one vehicle borne IED.”

 

October 30th 2018: (S1693) الشعفة, Al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria.
Summary: As mentioned in event S1692, local sources reported on “two new massacres” resulting from alleged Coalition airstrikes targeting the towns of Al Sha’fa and al-Kushma in Deir al-Zour.  Media reported said that four civilians died in this particular event in Sha’fa, when a civilian’s home was allegedly struck by the Coalition.
According to The Al Sha’fa Facebook on October 30th,  “in the last three days, more than a dozen air strikes by coalition aircraft were recorded on the city of Al-Shafa. Most of these raids targeted civilian homes and properties. More than seven houses and 20 people were killed, including children and women.”
Of the raids listed, it was unclear which one was specific to this event, though it could have been the following:
“A raid on the house of Khalaf al-Homoud al-Furaiji at the Al-Farajat al-Juwani al-Muwaji hostel, where four members of the same family were killed and a child and a woman were rescued from under the rubble.”
According to the Step News Agency, “17 people killed in the town of al-Kashmeh and four were killed in the town of Shaafa, including women and children of Iraqi nationality”.
Civilians reported killed: 4
Civilians reported injured: 2 or more
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive],  Al-Sha’fa Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Al-Sha’fa Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive],Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive], Baladi news [Arabic] [Archive], Olay tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For October 29th-30th, the Coalition reported: “Near Hajin, eight strikes engaged 10 tactical units, and destroyed two weapons caches, one vehicle borne IED, one vehicle, one command and control center, and one fighting position.”
For October 30th-31st: “Near Hajin, six strikes engaged six tactical units, and destroyed nine vehicles, seven supply routes, and one vehicle borne IED.”

October 27th-30th 2018: (S1694) محلات عطية العبيدي الشيخ القديمات the shops of Atiya al Obeidi al Sheikh al Qadimat, a car repair shop on the main road, الشعفة al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: On October 30th, a single source, Al-Sha’fa, reported an alleged Coalition airstrike on “the shops of Atiyya al-Obeidi Al Sheikh Al-Qadimat on the public street at the division of Al-Shifa and a car repair shop”. It said that three civilians died.
The source was unable to specify the precise date of the reported civilian harm, noting that “In the last three days, more than a dozen air strikes of coalition aircraft were recorded on the city of Al-Shifa. Most of these raids targeted civilian homes and properties. More than 7 houses and 20 people were killed, including children and women.”
No further details are currently available.
Civilians reported killed: 3
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Al-Sha’fa [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: The Coalition publicly reported the following for  October 27th-30th:“On Oct. 27 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Hajin, 24 strikes engaged 12 tactical units, and destroyed three headquarters buildings, five command and control centers, four supply routes, three weapons caches, two IED facilities, and one mortar.”
“On Oct 28, 2018 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight military strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Hajin, eight strikes engaged two tactical units, and destroyed one supply route, two vehicles, one command and control center, one mortar, one explosive manufacturing facility, one compound and one staging area.”
“On Oct. 29 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Hajin, eight strikes engaged 10 tactical units, and destroyed two weapons caches, one vehicle borne IED, one vehicle, one command and control center, and one fighting position.”
“On Oct. 30 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 20 engagements against an ISIS targets.
* Near Hajin, six strikes engaged six tactical units, and destroyed nine vehicles, seven supply routes, and one vehicle borne IED.”

 

 

October 27th- 30th 2018: (S1695) The edges of الظهرة  al Dhahra, الشعفة al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: On October 30th, a single source, Al-Sha’fa, reported an alleged Coalition airstrike “on a house in the outskirts of Dhahra.” The source said: “We don’t know who the house belonged to, but the whole family was killed”.
The source was unable to specify the precise date of the reported civilian harm, noting that “In the last three days, more than a dozen air strikes of coalition aircraft were recorded on the city of Al-Shifa. Most of these raids targeted civilian homes and properties. More than 7 houses and 20 people were killed, including children and women.”
No further details are currently available.
Civilians reported killed: At least 4
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Al-Sha’fa [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: The Coalition publicly reported the following for  October 27th-30th:”On Oct. 27 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 32 engagements against ISIS targets.
• Near Hajin, 24 strikes engaged 12 tactical units, and destroyed three headquarters buildings, five command and control centers, four supply routes, three weapons caches, two IED facilities, and one mortar.”
“On Oct 28, 2018 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted eight military strikes consisting of seven engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Hajin, eight strikes engaged two tactical units, and destroyed one supply route, two vehicles, one command and control center, one mortar, one explosive manufacturing facility, one compound and one staging area.”
“On Oct. 29 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets.
* Near Hajin, eight strikes engaged 10 tactical units, and destroyed two weapons caches, one vehicle borne IED, one vehicle, one command and control center, and one fighting position.”
“On Oct. 30 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted six strikes consisting of 20 engagements against an ISIS targets.
* Near Hajin, six strikes engaged six tactical units, and destroyed nine vehicles, seven supply routes, and one vehicle borne IED.”

 

 

November 3rd 2018: (S1696) house near  مسجد خالد بن الوليد Khalid bin Walid mosque Hajin, هجين, Deir Ezzor governorate or province, Syria
Summary: Local media reported that between 14 and 21 civilians – over half of them children, according to some sources – were killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on a house near the Khalid bin Walid mosque in Hajin.
Several sources mentioned al Soussa, al Kushme and al Shaafa as other locations targeted by airstrikes that day, but most of the sources reported that these victims were killed during the attack on the house near the mosque in Hajin.
The lowest death toll was given by Bukamal.live at 14 civilians.
A small number of sources including the Syrian Observatory reported that among the victims were members of the so-called Islamic State, although it was not specified whether these were combatants.
The Observatory added that five victims were children and five were women.
Most other sources put the death toll at 17, reporting that half of these were women and children.
But Euphrates Exiles said that as many as 21 people died.
Civilians reported killed: 14-21, including 5-9 children  and 5-9 women
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Suriye u.a.d. Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye u.a.d. Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive],Hajeen Magazen Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Bukamal Live Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Sound and Picture Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Syria Live Map [Archive], Sana News [Archive], Shbablatamneh3 Facebook post[Arabic] [Archive], Halab Today TV (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Syria Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], RT Online video [Arabic] [Archive], Sana news [Arabic] [Archive], Halab Today TV (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Horrya [Arabic] [Archive], Hama Now Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Eldorar [Arabic] [Archive],Marsad al Hassaka Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], The Euphrates Exiles Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive],Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 2nd-3rd, the Coalition reported: “Near Hajin, 21 strikes engaged five tactical units, destroyed seven staging areas, five mortars, two weapons caches, two supply routes, one tunnel, two facilities, two command and control centers, and one piece of equipment.”
For November 3rd-4th: “Near Hajin, 28 strikes engaged eight tactical units, and destroyed three headquarters buildings, two command and control centers, two supply centers, four weapons caches, three mortars, 10 staging areas, 1 firing position, and one guest house.”

 

 

November 3rd 2018: (S1697) الشعفة و Al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Multiple local sources named three children as killed and “many” more civilians wounded in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Shaafa. Some sources reported that the airstrike targeted a house in a residential neighborhood.
The victims were named as:
Zaid I’mad Mahmoud Al – Haj Al – Hussein
Ziyad I’mad Mahmoud Al – Haj Al – Hussein
Aisha I’mad Mahmoud Al – Haj Al – Hussein
Civilians reported killed: 3 children
Civilians reported injured: 5-10
Sources: Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook Post [Arabic] [Archive], Al Lathmna Youth Gathering Facebook Post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights[Archive], Sana news [Arabic] [Archive], Ahrar Deir Ezzor tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Al Jazeera Syria tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Media Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], SNN [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights[Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 2nd-3rd, the Coalition reported: “Near Hajin, 21 strikes engaged five tactical units, destroyed seven staging areas, five mortars, two weapons caches, two supply routes, one tunnel, two facilities, two command and control centers, and one piece of equipment.”
For November 3rd-4th: “Near Hajin, 28 strikes engaged eight tactical units, and destroyed three headquarters buildings, two command and control centers, two supply centers, four weapons caches, three mortars, 10 staging areas, 1 firing position, and one guest house.”

November 4th 2018: (S1698) السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A single source, Free Deir Ezzor Media, reported that “a civilian woman and her child were killed by artillery shelling targeting the town of Al-Sousse in Deir al-Zour countryside.”
No further details are currently available.
Civilians reported killed: 2: 1 woman and her child
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor Media [Arabic] [Archived],
Quality of reporting: Weak
Coalition position: For November 3rd-4th, the Coalition reported: “Near Hajin, 28 strikes engaged eight tactical units, and destroyed three headquarters buildings, two command and control centers, two supply centers, four weapons caches, three mortars, 10 staging areas, 1 firing position, and one guest house.”

 

 

 

November 8th 2018: (S1699) Hajin, هجين, Deir Ezzor governorate or province, Syria
Summary: An alleged Coalition airstrike targeted the city of Hajin. Halab Today TV reports that the “the coalition aircraft carried out more than 50 air raids on the city of the Hajin , east of the Euphrates, on Thursday evening.” According to a tweet from @Osama Mohammed Ali, one of the airstrikes targeted a residential neighborhood in Hajin. Hajeeg Mag added that the target was an ISIS-held hospital.
Most sources reported on the total number of civilian casualties as a result of the bombings on Hajin city and did’t specify the number of civilian casualties as a result of one airstrike.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported the highest number of civilian casualties as a result of several airstrikes on Hajin and Al Shaafa on 8th and 9th of November, putting the total death toll on 41. Most victims were reported to have Iraqi nationality, although 13 were described as “citizens”.
Osama Mohammed Ali, Marsad Al Hasaka, Sound and Picture, Step News Agency, Halab Today TV put the total death toll on at least 40. Zamanalwasl news reported the death of 11 civilians as a result of airstrikes in both Hajin and al Shaafa, but did not specify the number of civilian casualties in each location.
According to most sources, the victims included women and children. Both SOHR and Halab Today TV report that most victims are from families of the Islamic State. SOHR specifies that the victims include 17 children as a result of multiple airstrikes.
According to Marsad Al Hasaka and Halab Today TV reported that dozens were injured, including women and children as well.
Civilians reported killed: 11-41, including 0-17 children
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Hajeen Mag Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Osama Mohammed Ali Tweet [Arabic] [Archive] Euphrates Post (1)[Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Marsad Al Hasaka Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Bukmalna Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Sound and Picture Facebook post[Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post] [Arabic] [Archive], Halab Today TV [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive],Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archive], Shaam Network [Arabic] [Archive], Ennabaladi News [Arabic] [Archive], Horrya[Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 7th-8th, the Coalition reported: on Nov. 7 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 25 strikes consisting of 48 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 25 strikes engaged four tactical units, and destroyed two weapons caches, four tunnels, four staging areas, four command and control centers, three fighting positions, one vehicle borne IED, one building, eight mortars, one IED facility and three supply routes.
For November 8th-9th, the Coalition reported: on Nov. 8 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes engaged three tactical units, destroyed two command and control centers, two buildings, one observation point, four supply routes, one fighting position, five weapons caches, three tunnels and one staging area.

 

November 8th 2018: (S1700) الشعفة Sha’fa, Deir Ezzor governorate or province, Syria
Summary: An alleged Coalition airstrike on “ISIS headquarters” was reported to have resulted in civilian casualties. Smart News Agency reported one of four high precision missiles fell on the headquarters of “the state” and that 12 members of “the organization” died. According to Smart, no civilians died in the attack.
However, according to Deir Ezzor 24, “many civilians were killed” in what it described as “a massacre”.
The Al Shaafa Facebook page reported that a total of 20 people died as a result of the attack but does not specify the number of civilian casualties.
Civilians  reported killed: 0-20 + 12 members of IS
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archive], Al Shaafa official Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 8th-9th, the Coalition reported: on Nov. 8 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes engaged three tactical units, destroyed two command and control centers, two buildings, one observation point, four supply routes, one fighting position, five weapons caches, three tunnels and one staging area.

November 9th 2018: (S1701) هجين Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Local media reported that between 11 and 26 civilians died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin, in what some sources described as “a massacre”.
Airstrikes were carried out in Hajin and Al Shaafa on the same day and most sources reported on a combined number of civilian casualties as a result of airstrikes in both places. Zamanalwasl news reported the death of 11 civilians, but did not specify the number of civilian casualties in each location.
Smart News Agency and Al Haall added that airstrikes were allegedly carried out by both the Coalition and the regime. According to Al Haall’s source Mohammed al-Jumaili, 18 civilians died in addition to six members of IS and dozens of wounded.
This particular airstrike in Hajin allegedly targeted the “Mohammed al-Lattas shops, on al Ishreen street”, a site which reportedly housed ISIS families and ISIS weapons.
Reuters reported that the Syrian government protested to the United Nations about an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State which it said killed 26 civilians in Hajin in the eastern Deir al-Zor region, to which the coalition’s spokesman allegedly said it had “successfully struck and destroyed an ISIS (Islamic State) observation post and staging area in Hajin, void of civilians at the time”.
Sana News described it as a “massacre” that claimed the lives of two children and two women, whom were reported to be of the same family by the Syrian Network for Human Rights.
The victims’ names were reported to be:
Mariam Al Abd Al Mukhlef Al Mulla, wife of Sharif Al mukhlef Al Mulla
Hiba Al Abd Mukhlef Al Mulla
Obeida Mahmoud Al Sharif Al Mulla, child
Son of Shahwan Abd Al Mukhlef Al Mulla, child
A third child was later reported to have died in the attack as well. Several sources including Euphrates Post added the name of  Esraa Sharif al-Mukhalif Al Mulla, bringing the death toll to five people from one family.
Civilians  reported killed: 11-26, including 2-3 children and 2 women
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Syrian Unified Observatory [Arabic] [Archive], Zamanalwasl [Arabic] [Archive], Hajin Magazine Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Hajin Magazine Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Hajin Magazine Facebook post (3) [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye AUD Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Al Haall [Arabic] [Archive], Reuters[Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Sana News (1) [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Archive], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Shbablatamneh [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Sana News (2) [Archive], Marsad Al Hasaka Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (3) [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet[Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: contested
Coalition position: For November 8th-9th, the Coalition reported: on Nov. 8 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes engaged three tactical units, destroyed two command and control centers, two buildings, one observation point, four supply routes, one fighting position, five weapons caches, three tunnels and one staging area.
For November 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 9 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes engaged 15 tactical units, and destroyed six buildings, three tunnels, two command and control centers, one observation point, one vehicle borne IED, three supply routes and two weapons caches.

November 9-10th 2018: (S1702) الشعفة, Al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Up to 20 civilian died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Shaafa, according to sources on the ground.
DeirEzzor24 reported that “many” civilians had died in the strike – and blamed the Coalition.
Al Shaafa Official put the death toll at 20, again pointing to the US-led alliance – and adding that six houses were destroyed in the attack.
Zamanalwasl news reported the death of 11 civilians as a result of airstrikes in both Hajin and al Shaafa, but did not specify the number of civilian casualties in each location.
Euphrates Post named one victim as  Bader Zaghir Al Salama.
Civilians  reported killed: 11-20
Civilians reported injured: 1 or more
Sources: Zamanalwasl news [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archive], Al Shaafa Facebook post[Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archive] , Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (2) [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 9 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes engaged 15 tactical units, and destroyed six buildings, three tunnels, two command and control centers, one observation point, one vehicle borne IED, three supply routes and two weapons caches.
For November 10th-11th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 10 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 23 strikes destroyed two command and control centers, one IED facility, one logistic facility, five buildings, four tunnels, two staging areas, six supply routes, one fighting position and one UAS launch site.

 

November 10th 2018: (S1703) هجين , Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between 10 and 26 civilians died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin, according to local media. The Syrian Unified Observatory reported on 10 civilian casualties whereas Sound and Picture put the death toll at 26.
Sources said that many of the victims were women and children. Sana News provided more specific numbers and reported that among the victims were two women and two children.
According to Sound and Picture, they were attempting to flee the ISIS-held area when they were killed.
Civilians  reported killed: 10-26, at least 2 women and 2 children
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Sound and Picture Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Shbablamatameh3 [Arabic] [Archive], Sana News [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 9 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes engaged 15 tactical units, and destroyed six buildings, three tunnels, two command and control centers, one observation point, one vehicle borne IED, three supply routes and two weapons caches.
For November 10th-11th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 10 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 23 strikes destroyed two command and control centers, one IED facility, one logistic facility, five buildings, four tunnels, two staging areas, six supply routes, one fighting position and one UAS launch site.

 

November 10th 2018: (S1704) السوسة, Al Sousse, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: The Step News Agency reported that the Coalition “bombed the eastern suburb of Deir Ezzor with white phosphorus last night [Nov 10th]. It also renewed  shelling of the Hajin city and the town of al-Sousse”. It added that deaths were reported, but didn’t give numbers.
Civilians  reported killed: 0-1
Civilians reported injured:
Sources: Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Alkhabar [Arabic] [Archive],
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For November 9th-10th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 9 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 46 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes engaged 15 tactical units, and destroyed six buildings, three tunnels, two command and control centers, one observation point, one vehicle borne IED, three supply routes and two weapons caches.
For November 10th-11th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 10 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 23 strikes destroyed two command and control centers, one IED facility, one logistic facility, five buildings, four tunnels, two staging areas, six supply routes, one fighting position and one UAS launch site.

 

November 11th 2018: (S1705) هجين Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between five and 12 civilians including women and children died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin, according to local media.
Baladi news reported on five civilian deaths, including two women and three children. However, most other sources reported on the deaths of the following seven civilians:
Ahmed Abdel Qader Al Sahh
Taima Abdul Qader Sahh
Zahra Ahmed Al – Sahh
Sham Ahmed Ahmed Sahh
Najla Omar Ismail
Alaa Omar Ismail
Shafiq Salim Taha
There were various reports on the gender and age of the victims, some sources report that among the above victims were five women of whom three children whereas others reported on four children.
Syrian Network for Human Rights put the civilian death toll higher; on 12 civilians,  including four female children and two women, most of whom were reported to be IDPs from Khan Sheikhoun city in the Idlib governorate.
The Euphrates Exiles Facebook page reported all victims were IS family members.
Civilians  reported killed: 5-12, including 3-4 children and 1-2 women
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Baladi news [Arabic] [Archive], Al Latamna Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], The Lens of Khan Sheikhoun and its countryside Lens Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Abdul Qafoor al Diyab tweet  [Arabic] [Archive], Abdul Qafoor al Diyab tweet [Arabic] [Archive], The Lens of Khan Sheikhoun and its countryside Lens Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Al Latamna Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News Agency Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], The Euphrates Exiles Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights (1) [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights (2) [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Hama Now Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 10th-11th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 10 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 23 strikes destroyed two command and control centers, one IED facility, one logistic facility, five buildings, four tunnels, two staging areas, six supply routes, one fighting position and one UAS launch site.

November 11th 2018: (S1706) الشعفة, Al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between 20 and as many as 60 non-combatants died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Shaafa, according to local media. A number of sources including Baladi News and Syrian Unified Observatory, reported that the airstrikes hit the towns of Al Shaafa and Al Kashma killing mostly civilians including women and children.
According to Sana News at least 60 civilians were either dead or injured as a result of the alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Shaafa.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that it monitored the recovery of the bodies of at least 28 people after the airstrike on Al Shaafa including 22 family members of “the Organization”. It said that among the victims were eight “citizen women” and nine children under the age of eighteen. SOHR later added that the toll of civilian casualties was at 32 civilians from the families of IS, including 13 children under the age of 18 and 12 women, while an additional six casualties were found to be IS members.
Dozens of civilians were reportedly injured.
Unicef published a statement in response expressing that “UNICEF is alarmed by recent reports of up to 30 children who have been killed in recent violence in Al Shafa village, in eastern Syria.”
Civilians  reported killed: 20-60, 8-12 women and 9-13 children + 6 IS members
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Baladi News [Arabic] [Archive], Al Latamna youth gathering Facebook Post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye UAD Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Al Sha’afa Facebook post [Archive] [Arabic], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archive], Orient News [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News Agency Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Bukamalna Facebook Post [Arabic] [Archive], Sana News [Arabic] [Archive], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archive], Masar Press[Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Archive], Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive], Euroabia News [Arabic] [Archive], Unicef [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 10th-11th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 10 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 23 strikes destroyed two command and control centers, one IED facility, one logistic facility, five buildings, four tunnels, two staging areas, six supply routes, one fighting position and one UAS launch site.

 

November 11/12th 2018: (S1707) الكشمة, Al Kashma, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between ten and as many as 60 civilians died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Kashma, according to local media. Airstrikes were carried out in Al Shaafa and Al Kashma around the same time and most sources reported on a combined number of civilian casualties as a result of airstrikes in both places. The airstrikes were conducted between the evening of November 11th and November 12th.
On November 11th, 10 civilians were reported to have died in an alleged Coalition airstrike.
Both IS and medical sources reported to local media that 20 civilians died as a result of the strikes, most of whom were reported as women and children.
An individual source known as @saleemalsaied reported in a tweet that as many as 50 civilians died in the attacks.
Qasioun News referrered to a Sana news report that put the total toll of civilians that either died or were injured as a result of airstrikes on these locations at a staggering 60 civilian deaths.
Civilians  reported killed: 10-60
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Baladi News [Arabic] [Archive], Saleem Al Said tweet [Arabic] [Archive], DMUO tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Nors For Studies tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Observer Media tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Ahrar Deir Ezzor tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archive], Jisr TV [Arabic] [Archive], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archive], Al Latamna Youth Gathering Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye UAD Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archive], Masar Press Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Qasioun News [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], AlHoOmsi5 tweet [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 10th-11th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 10 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted 23 strikes consisting of 36 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 23 strikes destroyed two command and control centers, one IED facility, one logistic facility, five buildings, four tunnels, two staging areas, six supply routes, one fighting position and one UAS launch site.

November 13th 2018: (S1708) الكشمة al Kashma, and الشعفة al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Alleged Coalition airstrikes targeted Al Kashma and Al Shaafa in what was described as “a new massacre of dozens of civilians” according to local media. Between 20 and 50 civilians were reported to have died as a result of “25 raids” on both locations on November 13th. According to Orient News, Al Kashma and Al Shaafa were under IS control but included a large number of displaced families.
There were varying reports on the number of civilians; the official Al Sha’fa Facebook page claimed all casualties resulting these strikes were civilian whereas The Euphrates exiles facebook claimed all casualties were IS members and their families.
The majority of sources reported on 35 civilian casualties, of whom most were reported to be women and children.
The death toll was estimated to be higher by @Kalmuqdad Qasioun, placing it at 50 civilian deaths.
According to Jisrtv, “British General Christopher Gekka, deputy commander of the Joint Task Force of the US-led International Alliance Against State Regime, said they were investigating allegations of civilian deaths in raids by the Syrian alliance in Deir al-Zour.” The statement was allegedly made in a closed-door videoconference at the Pentagon, which reviewed operations against state organization in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday. “When asked about the reports of more than 20 civilian deaths in coalition raids on residential neighborhoods in the town of Shaafa and the Al-Kashmeh area of ​​Deir al-Zour on Tuesday, the general said that the allegations had not yet been confirmed.”
Civilians  reported killed: 20-50
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Horrya [Arabic] [Archive], Jis RTV [Arabic] [Archive], Enab Baladi [Arabic] [Archive], Orient News[Arabic] [Archive], Halab Today TV [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Free Army [Arabic] [Archive], Shq0002 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Olay 2002 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Rashdan El Thakher tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Kalmuqdad [Arabic] [Archive], Masar Press Net tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Masar Press News [Arabic] [Archive], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archive], Qasioun [Arabic] [Archive], Al Shaafa Facebook post[Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Exiles Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye UAD Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Sound and Picture Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Alhayat [Arabic] [Archive], Shaam Network [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 12th-13th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 12 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 17 strikes engaged 18 tactical units and destroyed 10 buildings, one weapons cache, one tunnel, one command and control center, and two supply routes.
For November 13th-14th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 45 engagements against an ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 24 strikes engaged two tactical units and destroyed three buildings, five supply routes, six weapons caches, one tunnel, one fighting position, two command and control centers, three staging areas, and two observation points.

November 13th/14th 2018: (S1709) هجين , Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: An alleged Coalition airstrike targeted a prison killing a number of prisoners, according to local media sources.
Most sources report that among the victims were both IS and civilian prisoners.  According to Furat FM, at least 11 members of “the organization” were killed.
Among others Orient News, Smart News and Step News Agency report that among the victims were civilian prisoners as well, although the exact numbers remain unknown.
Civilians reported killed: at least 2
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Furat FM [Arabic] [Archive], Orient news [Arabic] [Archive], Jisir TV [Arabic] [Archive], Aletihad Press [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], SHAAM Network [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye UAD  [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 13th-14th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 13 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 24 strikes consisting of 45 engagements against an ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 24 strikes engaged two tactical units and destroyed three buildings, five supply routes, six weapons caches, one tunnel, one fighting position, two command and control centers, three staging areas, and two observation points.
For November 14th-15th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 48 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 26 strikes engaged eight tactical units and destroyed eight buildings, three supply routes, four command and control centers, two weapons caches, three fighting positons, four staging areas, and one tunnel.

November 15th, 2018: (S1710) البوبدران al Boubadran, السوسة al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary:An alleged Coalition airstrike targeted a residential area which killed between eight and 23 civilians in what local sources described “a massacre”.
According to Sana News, 23 civilians died as a result of the airstrike. Step News Agency and Euphrates Post reported that a total of 20 people died. Step added that 17 belonged to the same family, of whom were women and children.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported ten civilian casualties as a result of the airstrike, including four women. It later added that the death toll had risen to 18 and that all victims were of the same family, including 14 children and three women. Most other media sources reported similar numbers between 17 or 18 civilians of whom most were reported to be women and children of the same family.
Deir Ezzor 24 reported the lowest number of civilian casualties and put the death toll at eight.
Free Deir Ezzor Radio posted that several civilians were injured in addition to the family members that died. According Step News Agency, it was one female family member who survived.
According to Jisr TV, the family was displaced and had fled coalition bombing and Kurdish militias on their border village in search of safety in the town of Sousse.
Euphrates Post and Jisr TV reported on the names of the victims:
Mahmoud Saleh Al-Abdullah
Kaddifa Ali Al Khalaf
Samira Dideb al-Jassim
Hamid Saleh Al-Abdullah
Warfa Aeef al-Azzawi
Khalfa Al  Hussein
Hamdan Saleh Al-Abdullah
Warda Ahmed Al-Hamad
Hamid Saleh Al Abdullah Abo Yusef
Khalife Hussein Al-Qatta, wife of Hamid
Maha Mohammed Al-Musleh, wife of Youssef
Majida Hamid al-Saleh
Amjad Hamid Al Saleh
Dunya Hamid al-Saleh
Nadia Hamid al-Saleh
Shadia Hamid al-Saleh
Farah Hamid Al-Saleh
Kafa Hamid Al Saleh
Mohammed Hamid Saleh
Ayman Yousef  Hamid al-Saleh
Yamen Yousef  Hamid Al-Saleh
Amena Hamid Al-Saleh
Iman Hamid Al-Saleh
Child of Hamid al-Saleh, girl
Saleh Mahmoud Al Saleh Al – Abdullah
Civilians reported killed: 10-23
Civilians reported injured: at least 1
Sources: Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Bukamalna [Arabic] [Archive], Al Latamna Youth Gathering [Arabic] [Archive], Al Jisr TV tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye UAD Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Sound and Picture Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Al Shaafa Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency, [Archive],Shaam Network[Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Sound and Picture [Arabic] [Archive], Step News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News Agency [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive],Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [Arabic] [Archive], Sana News [Archive], Halab Today TV [Arabic] [Archive], Syria TV [Arabic] [Archive], Alaraby [Arabic] [Archive], Horrya News [Arabic] [Archive], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archive], Baladi News [Arabic] [Archive], Alkhaleej [Arabic] [Archive], Arabic RT [Arabic] [Archive], Elodar News [Arabic] [Archive], Orient News [Arabic] [Archive], Shaam News [Arabic] [Archive], Radio Al Kul [Arabic] [Archive], Dostor News [Arabic] [Archive], Jisr TV [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Mljbl tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Ayman Sheshani tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Archive], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archive],
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 14th-15th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 14 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 48 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 26 strikes engaged eight tactical units and destroyed eight buildings, three supply routes, four command and control centers, two weapons caches, three fighting positons, four staging areas, and one tunnel.
For November 15th-16th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 15 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes destroyed five buildings, three supply routes, 11 fighting positions, two mortars, one weapons cache, and one command and control center.

November 16th 2018: (S1711) السوسة, Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: According to local media, an alleged Coalition airstrike killed IS member Yousuf Mahmoud al-Mohsen and his wife Furat Imad Awwad al-Hamad.
Civilians reported killed: 1
Civilians reported injured: 0
Sources: Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Furat Media Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Abo Layla Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Marsad Al Raqqa Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Aboud al Shaami [Arabic] [Archive], Muhsin And Al Khabour Deaths Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Akeel Al Hamoud Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 15th-16th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 15 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes destroyed five buildings, three supply routes, 11 fighting positions, two mortars, one weapons cache, and one command and control center.
For November 16th-17th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 22 strikes engaged 14 tactical units and destroyed 11 vehicles, eight supply routes, five buildings, three staging areas, one tunnel, one vehicle borne IED and one media cell.

November 16th/17th 2018: (S1712) الشعفة , Al Shaafa, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: An alleged Coalition airstrike killed “a number of civilians” and injured others, according to local media.
Several sources including the Syrian Network for Human Rights report the deaths of two civilians, the brothers Sanad Hamad Al-Awad Al-Kahkawi and Yousef Hamad Al-Awad Al-Kahkawi.
According to sources including Zaman Al Wasl, Al Soussa News, Al Shaafa News and the Syrian Unified Observatory, the injured belonged to the same family as the brothers.
Alwatan News reported that more civilians were trapped under the rubble of destroyed houses in the village.
Civilians reported killed: 2
Civilians reported injured: 0
Sources: Alassad Hala 1 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Samidon Press tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Addounia TV tweet [Arabic] [Archive], nqjn3VfjPhf7e2i tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Najeb HB tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Alwatan Online [Arabic] [Archive], Zaman Al Wasl [Arabic] [Archive], Baladna News [Arabic] [Archive], Al Soussa News Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Al Shaafa News Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Deir Ezzor 24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Archive], Alwatan News [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 15th-16th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 15 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 19 strikes consisting of 38 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 19 strikes destroyed five buildings, three supply routes, 11 fighting positions, two mortars, one weapons cache, and one command and control center.
For November 16th-17th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 22 strikes engaged 14 tactical units and destroyed 11 vehicles, eight supply routes, five buildings, three staging areas, one tunnel, one vehicle borne IED and one media cell.
For November 17th-18th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 17 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 37 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS targets.
]Near Hajin, 37 strikes engaged five tactical units and destroyed 15 buildings, seven supply routes, seven staging areas, four fighting positons, two weapons caches, one media cell, and one tunnel.

 

November 17th 2018: (S1713) السوسة, Al Sousse, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: A girl was killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Soussa, Deir Ezzor. According to Hjeen News, the victim’s name is Iylaf Sulaiman Khaled Al-A’ran.
Three sources including Euphrates Post and @DeirEzzor24, reported that the Coalition was responsible. Further to this, Smart News claimed that “activists said the bombing came from coalition forces”, despite their coverage blaming Syrian Forces. Smart News claimed that the relatives of the family who were targeted understood the shelling to be a mortar shell which landed on their house in the village of Al Boubadran, “from regime forces in Badia Shamia”. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the girl was killed by Syrian regime forces.
According to Smart News, dozens were wounded including the relatives of the victim, specifying that “her uncle was seriously injured”.
Civilians  reported killed: 1 child
Civilians reported injured: 1-24
Sources: Smart News [Arabic] [Archive], Hjeen News Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Post [Arabic] [Archive], @DeirEzzor24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Network for Human Rights [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Contested
Coalition position: For November 16th-17th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 22 strikes engaged 14 tactical units and destroyed 11 vehicles, eight supply routes, five buildings, three staging areas, one tunnel, one vehicle borne IED and one media cell.
For November 17th-18th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 17 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 37 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS targets.
]Near Hajin, 37 strikes engaged five tactical units and destroyed 15 buildings, seven supply routes, seven staging areas, four fighting positons, two weapons caches, one media cell, and one tunnel.

November 17th 2018: (S1714) قرية ابوالحسن(البقعان جزيرة)ة , Abo Al Hassan (al-Buqa’an Jazeera), East of Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between 20 and 43 civilians were killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike with “heavy shelling” on the village of Abo Al Hassan, East of Hajin in the Deir Ezzor governorate. Sources claimed that it is likely the death toll will rise due to the difficulty in getting civilians out of the rubble. This is due to the raids targeting residential homes, thereby displacing “hundreds of families”.
All sources have blamed the International Coalition for the airstrikes.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that out of the alleged 36 civilians killed, 17 of those were children and 12 were women. SOHR were the only source to quantify this incident and who claimed that these casualties were members of families of Daesh. Amnesty International re-reported the same figures later on.
Free Deir Ezzor Radio added that the number of deaths as a result of the airstrike had risen to  53 after the recovery of six new bodies from the rubble, including two children  and the death of two people  who died from their injuries. In a later post, Free Deir Ezzor Radio reported the names of the following victims who belong to one family:
Mohammed Mahmoud Tawfiq Taj Al Deen
Abdul Hadi Sheikh Dib
Abdul Karim Abass
Boukamal Live reported that over the past 24 hours, over 100 civilians were killed at the hands of the Coalition in Deir Ezzor governorate.
In response to these reports, Centom published the following statement:
“SOUTHWEST ASIA, Nov. 17, 2018 —
Multiple open source reports today falsely claimed that Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve strikes near Hajin, Syria, resulted in the deaths of civilians.
CJTF-OIR conducted a total of 19 strikes in the Hajin area between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 Eastern European Time. These strikes were in support of ground operations against ISIS targets in the Middle Euphrates River Valley. CJTF-OIR validated these targets as legitimate ISIS targets and assessed them to be free of civilian presence at the time of the strikes. CJTF-OIR’s initial assessment following the strikes is that there was no evidence of civilians near the strikes.
CJTF-OIR detected a total of ten additional strikes in the same area of Hajin that did not originate from the Coalition or partner forces. These strikes were neither coordinated with nor approved by CJTF-OIR. CJTF-OIR calls on all other actors to cease uncoordinated fires across the Euphrates.
CJTF-OIR deliberately selects targets and uses stringent precautions to avoid injuring or killing innocent civilians in its operations to defeat ISIS. CJTF-OIR takes allegations of civilian casualties seriously and investigate each one thoroughly.
#DefeatISIS”
Civilians  reported killed: 20-43, including 0-17 children and 0-12 women
Civilians reported injured: unknown
Sources: Zamanalwasl News [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post (1) [Arabic] [Archive], Suriye.u.a.d Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Bukamal Live [Arabic] [Archive], Step News [Arabic] [Archive], Smart News [Arabic] [Archive], LCCSY Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Shabab Al Latamna Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Hamah Now Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] , Sound and Picture Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Sana [Archive], Halab Today [Arabic] [Archive], Sputnik News [Arabic] [Archive], Al-Buqa’an News Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Arabic.rt News [Arabic] [Archive], Al A’alam News [Arabic] [Archive], Alwehda News [Arabic] [Archive], Ortas News [Arabic] [Archive], Almayadeen News [Arabic] [Archive], Jp News [Arabic] [Archive], Alnour News [Arabic] [Archive], Manar TV News [Arabic] [Archive], Jobr News [Arabic] [Archive], Almasirah News [Arabic] [Archive], Addounia TV News tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Samidonsy News tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @Mohab_Nasser2 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @MasarPressNet tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @HadiAlabdallah tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @Wesal_TV tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @Al_sharqnews tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @HoseinMortada tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @NorsForStudies tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Al Jazeera [Arabic] [Archive], Boukamalna Facebook post [Arabic], [Archive], Boukamal Live Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step News [Arabic] [Archive], Euphrates Exiles Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post (2) [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post (3) [Arabic] [Archive], Centcom [Archive], Step News [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 16th-17th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 22 strikes engaged 14 tactical units and destroyed 11 vehicles, eight supply routes, five buildings, three staging areas, one tunnel, one vehicle borne IED and one media cell.
For November 17th-18th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 17 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 37 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS targets.
]Near Hajin, 37 strikes engaged five tactical units and destroyed 15 buildings, seven supply routes, seven staging areas, four fighting positons, two weapons caches, one media cell, and one tunnel.

November 17th 2018: (S1715) هجين, Hajin, Deir Ezzor governorate, Syria
Summary: Between 12 and 24 civilians were killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Hajin, Deir Ezzor. All sources pointed to Coalition artillery and shelling. Sound and picture called in an “aerial bombardment” where “dozens” were injured.
Step Agency reported that the “International Coalition launched more than 10 air raids on Hajin city early today”.
Step News added that potentially dozens remain trapped under the rubble.
Civilians  reported killed: 12-24, including 1 child
Civilians reported injured: 12-24
Sources: Sound and Picture Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Syrian Unified Observatory Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Shaam News [Arabic] [Archive], @raassaf77 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @MasarPressNet tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Step Agency tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @Mohammad_khedhr tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @Sarmad_AlJilane tweet [Arabic] [Archive], @DeirEzzor24 tweet [Arabic] [Archive], Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Boukamal Live News Facebook post [Arabic] [Archive], Step News [Arabic] [Archive], Free Deir Ezzor Radio [Arabic] [Archive]
Quality of reporting: Fair
Coalition position: For November 16th-17th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 16 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 22 strikes consisting of 41 engagements against ISIS targets.
Near Hajin, 22 strikes engaged 14 tactical units and destroyed 11 vehicles, eight supply routes, five buildings, three staging areas, one tunnel, one vehicle borne IED and one media cell.
For November 17th-18th, the Coalition reported: On Nov. 17 in Syria, Coalition military forces conducted 37 strikes consisting of 53 engagements against ISIS targets.
]Near Hajin, 37 strikes engaged five tactical units and destroyed 15 buildings, seven supply routes, seven staging areas, four fighting positons, two weapons caches, one media cell, and one tunnel.

 

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