Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1043

Incident date

June 20, 2017

Location

كسرة فرج, Kasrat Faraj/Kasrat Sheikh al Juma'a, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Airwars assessment

A baby girl was killed following an alleged Coalition airstrike on Kasrat al Faraj or Kasrat Sheikh al Juma’a, but there was confusion as to exactly where the death took place due to conflicting reports.

She was identified by a number of sources and was either nine or 10 months old, with Al Ragga Truth reporting she was killed in Kasrat al Farraj whereas the Syrian Network for Human Rights reporting she was killed in Kasrat Sheikh al Juma’a.

Euphrates Post and Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently simply reported that she died in “Kasrat”.

Two of the four sources reporting the incident alleged that the Coalition was responsible.

In April 2019 the Coalition announced that it had classed this allegation of civilian harm as non-credible, noting: “After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Maya Mustafa Hussein al Hilal 10 months years old female

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Maya Mostafa Hussein al Helal, killed in alleged Coalition strikes in Kasrat al Faraj or Kasrat Sheikh al Juma’a, Raqqa (via SyrianRevolution tweet)
  • Maya Mostafa Hussein al Helal, killed in alleged Coalition strikes in Kasrat al Faraj or Kasrat Sheikh al Juma’a, Raqqa (via Al Ragga truth facebook)

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
    Other
  • Stated location
    near Kasrat Faraj, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV967734
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Apr 25, 2019
  • June 20, 2017, near Kasrat Faraj, Syria, via Airwars report. After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For June 19th-20th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 15 fighting positions and a vehicle.” It additionally reported that “On June 19, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and a UAS launch site.”

For June 20th-21st the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; and destroyed six fighting positons, three vehicles, three tactical vehicles, two mortar teams, a command and control node and a mortar cache.” In addition it reported that “On June 20, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes damaged eight fighting positions.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (6) [ collapse]