Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1143

Incident date

July 2, 2017

Location

الرقة‎, Al Kasrat or Ar Raqqa, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9505639, 39.0094148 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

A civilian male was killed in Raqqa. However there were conflicting reports as to how he died.

Four of the seven sources reporting the incident alleged that the death was caused by SDF sniper fire. Meanwhile two sources claimed that Coalition airstrikes were to blame. One further source claimed that artillery fire was responsible, which would also be attributable to the Coalition. From reviewing the sources, sniper fire seems to be the most compelling cause of death, but the other allegations cannot be ruled out.

Complicating reports further, the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Dr ali Zumar was actually shot on June 26th in the rural village Al Kasrat, but died in Raqqa of his wounds on July 2nd.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Dr Ghazi Ali al Zumar Adult killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Ghazi Ali al Zumar, a doctor from al Kasrat village in Raqqa governorate southern suburbs, died on July 2, 2017 due to wounds sustained in alleged airstrikes or sniper fire on al Kasrat village. (via SN4HR)
  • Ghazi Ali al Zumar, a doctor from al Kasrat village in Raqqa governorate southern suburbs, died on July 2, 2017 due to wounds sustained in alleged airstrikes or sniper fire on al Kasrat village. (via Ahmad al Shibli)

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 information on the time and location
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Al Kasrat, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Feb 22, 2018
  • The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For July 1st-2nd, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, a front-end loader, a mortar system and a heavy machine gun.” It additionally reported that “On July 1, near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units, destroyed a fighting position and a heavy machine gun, and suppressed 27 fighting positions.”

United Kingdom
  • English
    /
    Original

‘Sunday 2 July – Tornados and Typhoons struck four Daesh positions in Mosul, and two in Raqqa…On Sunday 2 July, mixed pairs of Tornados and Typhoons operated over both Mosul and Raqqa. In Mosul, the Iraqi ground forces encountered three groups of snipers – all three positions, plus another Daesh-held building, were successfully struck with Paveways. In similar fashion, Paveway IVs were used against two terrorist firing points in Raqqa.’

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (7) [ collapse]