Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1054b

Incident date

June 21, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.958455, 38.991499 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Eleven civilians from one family were killed in alleged Coalition airstrikes in Raqqa. Originally the names of the victims were published under incident number CS1054, however Amnesty research assessed that there were two separate strikes, this one occurring at 11pm, while the other occurred at 6pm.

Amnesty has placed the strike on the 21st despite Aadel Hayoun – a resident and survivor of another strike – suggesting that the strike occurred “a month before I left Raqqa and I left on 17 September”. This would place the Duehi strike in mid-August 2017. All other sources and information gathered allude that the strike occurred on the 21st.

The Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality” states that, “Eleven members of the Dueihi family – seven children, two women and two men – were killed when the five-story building where the family was sheltering was destroyed in a coalition air strike.”

The family was – according to interviewees – residing on the ground floor of the building.

Isra, a relative of one of the victims told Amnesty in a testimony that “The building where the Dueihi family was staying was bombed and they were all killed. We fled our home immediately after and it was then that all the men in my family were killed in another air strike.”

In their June 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.

The incident occured at 11:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (12)

  • Mohammed Abdel al Duehi Age unknown male killed
  • Mohannad Abdel al-Karim Duehi 35 years old male killed
  • Fatima 25 years old female Mohannad's wife killed
  • Abdelkarim Child male Mohannad and Fatima's son killed
  • Son of Mohannad and Fatima Child male killed
  • Daughter of Mohannad and Fatima Child female killed
  • Firaz’s wife Adult female Firaz was Mohannad’s brother who had previously died killed
  • Child 1 Child female child of Firaz and his wife killed
  • Child 2 Child female child of Firaz and his wife killed
  • Child 3 Child female child of Firaz and his wife killed
  • Child 4 Child male child of Firaz and his wife killed
  • Child 5 Child male child of Firaz and his wife killed
  • Unknown male 1 Adult male killed
  • Unknown male 2 Adult male killed
  • Unknown male 3 Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    11
  • (7 children2 women2 men)
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 21st June 2017. (via RBSS)
  • An unnamed victim of airstrikes on Raqqa, 21st June 2017. It is unclear which strike this victim belonged too. (via RBSS)
  • Khaled al-Marbad, killed in an alleged Coalition raid, June 21st 2017. (via Al Ragga truth)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 21st June 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 21st June 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 21st June 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 21st June 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 21st June 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Abdul Aziz al-Duwaihi, 9, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Hamza Al Duwehi, 13, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Judy al Duwehi, 15, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Mohammed al Ahmed, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Mohammed al Azari, 9, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Muhannad Abdel Karim al Duwehi, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Razan al Azarii, 7, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Sabah al Duwehi, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Sabah al Duwehi, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Sara al Azari, 11, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, June 21st 2017. (via RBSS)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

  • Before strike. (via Amnesty)

  • After strike. (via Amnesty)

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
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV992793
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jun 24, 2020
  • June 21, 2017, in Raqqah, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 3114/CS1054b 37SDV992793

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Not yet assessed.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    11
  • (7 children2 women2 men)
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]