Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1265a

Incident date

July 6–24, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.945704, 38.990602 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, three civilians were reportedly killed in alleged Coalition artillery strikes in Raqqa. Although Airwars assesses single sourced incidents as “weak”, researchers have assessed this incident “fair” due to the depth of material provided by Amnesty.

According to the Amnesty report, “Ahmad Mohammed al-Tomash, 30, and his daughter Zaman, 10, and his brother-in-law Ali al-Tomash were killed when an artillery struck their home.”

Additional information by Amnesty said that the strike occurred while the family were having dinner. Furthermore, they gave details of other members of three members of the family who were injured as a result of the artillery.

Nahed, the wife and mother of the victims told Amnesty that “We were sitting with relatives. The shell struck my husband and my daughter were killed and my two sons were badly injured they both lost an eye each. My little one was only 17 days old and he sustained horrific injuries all over.”

Although Amnesty found no precise building location, they reported that the incident occurred near Saf’a Mosque.

The incident occured at 7:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Ahmad Mohammed al-Tomash 43 years old male electrician killed
  • Zaman 10 years old female daughter of Ahmad killed
  • Ali al-Tomash 40 years old male Ahmad's sisters husband killed
  • Shamsa 30 years old female Ahmad's sister lost her right leg injured
  • Amar 17 days old years old male Ahmad's son lost his eye - now has a prosthetic eye - in addition to injures to abdomen, right leg and chest injured
  • Moh 9 years old male lost his right eye injured

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Ahmad Mohamad Al Tomash & Zaman Al Tomash, killed in artillery strikes by alleged Coalition raids, 6th-24th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Ahmad Mohammad Al Tomash, killed in artillery strikes by alleged Coalition raids, 6th-24th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Zaman Al Tomash, killed in artillery strikes by alleged Coalition raids, 6th-24th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Ammar and Mohammad Al Tomash, survivors of the alleged Coalition artillery strike, two years on. (via Amnesty)
  • Ammar Al Tomash, who lost his eye and sustained bad injures to his leg in an alleged Coalition artillery strike in July 2017. This image shows his recovery two years on. (via Amnesty)
  • Ammar Al Tomash, who lost his eye and sustained bad injures to his leg in an alleged Coalition artillery strike in July 2017. This image shows his recovery two years on. (via Amnesty)

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
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Not yet assessed.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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