Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI609

Incident date

April 5, 2017

Location

الرفاعي, Mosul, Rifai, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.3558497, 43.0937862 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

It was reported that the entire Al-Haj Nizar Al-Hallaq family – up to eight people – was killed after an airstrike hit their house near al-Nahda school in the Rifai neighbourhood of West Mosul.

One of the victims was reported by Sawalef Maslaweya as Nizar Mahdi (Abu Muhammad), who used to be a barber. His wife, son Mohammed Nizar Mahdi and daughter in law were also killed (see photos below).

While Iraqi Spring blamed the Coalition, Yaqein reported that both the Coalition and the Iraqi government carried out raids in West Mosul that day.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Nizar Mahdi Abu Mohammed Adult male Barber, father killed
  • Mohammed Nizar Mahdi Child male Son killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 8
  • (0–2 children2 women2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of a strike that allegedly killed the entire Al-Haj Nizar Al-Hallaq family (via Yaqein Agency)
  • The location of the airstrike (via Iraqi Spring Media Center)
  • Nizar Mahdi Abu Mohammed (via Sawalef Maslaweya Facebook page)
  • Mohammed Nizar Mahdi (via Sawalef Maslaweya Facebook page)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    Insufficient evidence of civilian harm
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Mosul, Iraq
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    1 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    38SLF2908124890
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Aug 4, 2017
  • After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For April 4th-5th the Coalition publicly reported: “Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units; destroyed two mortar systems, two command and control nodes, a supply cache, and a fighting position; damaged nine supply routes and a bridge; and suppressed 10 ISIS mortar teams and two ISIS tactical units.”

Iraq government forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iraq government forces
  • Iraq government forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 8
  • (0–2 children2 women2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Iraq government forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]