Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CI787

Incident date

June 27, 2017

Location

الموصل القديمة, Mosul, Old City, Nineveh, Iraq

Geolocation

36.34075, 43.126911 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local sources said that at least 90 civilians were killed and injured as a result of ongoing fighting and shelling in Old Mosul, especially in the vicinity of the Al-Nouri Mosque and the destroyed Hadba Minaret. It is presently unclear which parties were responsible.

Yaqein agency reported that 71 civilians died, and others were wounded. It said the Joint Forces were responsible for the shelling – yet the precise role of the Coalition and/or Iraqi forces remains unclear.

Local Facebook page Sawlf Ateka later said that Rafa Abd al-Ahmad al-Lahibi, known as Abu Hassan died in the raids. A mortar allegedly hit his house in al-Makkawi area.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Rafa Abd al-Ahmad al-Lahibi Adult male also known as Abu Hassan killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    71
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    19
  • 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, Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • One of the victims of heavy shelling in Old Mosul on June 27th: Rafa 'Abd al-Ahmad al-Lahibi, known as Abu Hassan (via Sawlf Ateka)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For June 26th-27th the Coalition publicly reported: “On June 26, near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position, a medium machine gun, a rocket-propelled grenade system and an ISIS headquarters.” It additionally reported that “On June 26, near Mosul, Iraq, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position, a medium machine gun, a rocket-propelled grenade system and an ISIS headquarters.”

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown 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 Old Mosul, Mosul, Iraq
    Nearest population center
  • MGRS coordinate
    385SLF318236
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

Unknown
  • Nov 29, 2018
  • After a review of available information and the strike video, it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    71
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    19
  • 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, Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]