Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1240

Incident date

July 19, 2017

Location

الجميلي, Ar Raqqah: Jumaili neighbourhood, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.957808, 39.000868 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

A father and a son were reported killed in the Al Jumeila neighbourhood of Raqqa, with sources indicating that Coalition artillery fire was likely responsible.

Four sources – Raqqa Ahluna, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Baladi News and @Soheb1700 – alleged that SDF artillery fire was responsible. However Airwars is aware that the SDF does not have access to artillery fire, meaning that if this munition was indeed used, the Coalition would be responsible.

Two additional sources – the Syrian Press Center and Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently – supported that claim as they alleged that Coalition artillery fire had caused the deaths.

@24Raqqa claimed SDF mortar fire was responsible, however it was the only source to do so.

Graphic images shared by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently of the aftermath of the attack showed the deceased son.

Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality” corroborated Airwars initial findings suggesting that both “Ahmad Abdallah Aattoura, 50, and his 13-year-old son were killed by an airstrike”. They added it occurred as they stood outside their home.

Mustafa, an eye witness, told Amnesty field researchers that “Ahmad and his son were standing outside their home by the door when the street was shelled and they were both killed.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Mohammad Attora killed along with his father Ahmad in alleged artillery shelling of Raqqa's al Jumaili neighbourhood, July 20th 2017. (via SN4HR)
  • Ahmed Attoura, killed in in allaged artillery shelling of Raqqa's al Jumaili neighbourhood, July 20th 2017. (via RBSS)
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    Mohammad Attora killed along with his father Ahmad in alleged artillery shelling of Raqqa's al Jumaili neighbourhood, July 20th 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The site of the strike, 19th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • The site of the strike, 19th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • The site of the strike, 19th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • The site of the strike, 19th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • The site of the strike, 19th July 2017. (via Amnesty)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Airstrike hit by the door of victims home, building located opposite Jamileh building,  which is south side by Tannur. Google Earth shows 2017/07/07-2017/07/19 only slight damage, however by 2017/08/13-2017/08/19 there is more damage to the building.

  • Before strike. (via Amnesty)

  • After strike. (via Amnesty)

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 July 20th-21st: “Near Raqqah, 16 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 13 fighting positions, two pipelines, and an oil tank; and damaged a supply route and an ISIS railway.” It additionally reported that “On July 20, near Raqqah, Syria, 12 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions and a tunnel entrance.” And that “On July 20, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.”

United Kingdom
  • English
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    Original

Thursday 20 July – Typhoons bombed a terrorist position in Raqqa; Tornados and Typhoons attacked terrorists on a Tigris island and destroyed their boat and vehicle transport…Update: air strikes against Daesh – GOV.UK Operations over Raqqa continued on Thursday 20 July, when a Typhoon mission assisted SDF engaged in combat with a group of extremists firing from a building; this was hit with a single Paveway IV which eliminated the threat to the SDF. In northern Iraq, coalition surveillance aircraft had located a number of terrorists on a wooded island in the Tigris, several miles south of Qayyarah, along with their transport – a boat and two vehicles – on the riverbanks. Two Tornados bombed the terrorists on the island with a pair of Paveway IVs, whilst a mixed Tornado and Typhoon pair destroyed the boat and vehicles with Brimstone missiles.

France
  • English
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    Original

In the last week (20th-27th) France reports carrying out two strikes in Raqqah, destroying two ISIL combat positions. Task Force (TF) Wagram carried out 21 artillery strikes in Mosul. The overall record of air activity since September 19th 2014 amounts to 1,324 strikes, 2,092 targets destroyed and 6,857 sorties.

‘OPÉRATION CHAMMAL SITUATION En Syrie, Dans la ville de Raqqah, Daech continue de perdre du terrain, jour après jour, face aux Forces Démocratiques Syriennes. Les combattants terroristes continuent néanmoins de disposer de solides positions défensives dans le cœur de la ville, à partir desquelles ils mènent des contre-attaques régulières et des actions de harcèlement. En Irak, Les forces de sécurités irakiennes poursuivent leurs opérations de sécurisation de la ville de Mossoul, face à des équipes isolées de combattants qui continuent de mener des actions symboliques de harcèlement. Dans le même temps, Daech consolide ses positions autour de Tal Afar, pour tenter de résister à l’offensive prochaine de la Coalition pour libérer aussi cette ville. Daech poursuit par ailleurs ses actions de diversion et de harcèlement, en se concentrant dans les régions de l’Anbar et d’Hawijah. Certaines actions ont également été menées cette semaine dans l’Ouest de l’Irak, dans la région de Rutbah. ACTIVITÉS DE LA FORCE Cette semaine, les aéronefs ont réalisé 45 sorties aériennes dont 31 de reconnaissance armée et d’appui au sol (CAS), ainsi que 04 missions de recueil de renseignement et 06 de ravitaillement en vol. Un C135-FR récemment déployé a en effet réalisé de nombreuses missions en quelques jours à peine, soutenant ainsi, à son niveau, la bascule des efforts de la Coalition vers les autres bastions de Daech. Deux frappes ont été menées dans le cadre de la bataille de Raqqah, détruisant deux positions de combattants ennemies, au contact des troupes alliées engagées. De ces positions, des tireurs de Daech tenaient sous leur feu les soldats alliés à une centaine de mètres à peine. La Task Force (TF) Wagram a réalisé 21 missions de tir dont 07 de harcèlement et 14 d’éclairement. Ces missions interdisent une offensive de contre des terroristes vers Mossoul. Le bilan global de l’activité aérienne depuis le 19 septembre 2014 s’élève à 1 324 frappes, 2 092 objectifs détruits et 6 857 sorties. Le bilan global de l’activité artillerie atteint 1 331 missions.’

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]