Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1284

Incident date

July 27, 2017

Location

سوق الهال القديم, Old Hal market, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.937358, 39.02771 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Four civilians – a father and his three children – died in a “rocket attack” or artillery bombardment on Raqqa’s Old Hal Market, local media reported – though it was unclear whether the Coalition or the SDF were responsible.

According to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, “Fahd Abdulaziz Al-Majbil died in addition to three of his sons after the rocket attack that hit the area of the old Hal market”. Sharqiya Voice and other sources also named the victims of a “rocket attack” on the market.

According to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently and Syrian Revolution the SDF carried out the rocket attack. But Alaraby pointed towards the US-led Coalition, reporting that it had fired land-to-land missiles on Old Hal market from its “Kharab Eshak base in the northern Raqqa countryside”.

7al.net said that four non-combatants died in artillery fire in Raqqa, though it didn’t give the location. Airwars understands that only the Coalition is using artillery in Raqqa.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Fahd Abdulaziz Al-Majbil Adult male killed
  • Abdul Aziz Fahad Al Majbil Child male killed
  • Mohammed Fahad Al Majbil Child male killed
  • Khaled Fahd Al Majbil Child male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Fahd Abdul Aziz Al-Majbal, Abdul Aziz Fahd Al-Mujbil, Khaled Fahd Al-Mujbil and Mohammed Fahd Almajbal. Killed in alleged Coalition and SDF airstrikes in Ar Raqqah: Old Hal market, 27th July 2017. (via Ahmad al Shibli tweet)
  • Victim of an alleged Coalition and SDF airstrike on Ar Raqqah: Old Hal market, 27th July 2017. (via Raqqa.SI)
  • Victim of an alleged Coalition and SDF airstrike on Ar Raqqah: Old Hal market, 27th July 2017. (via Raqqa.SI)
  • Victim of an alleged Coalition and SDF airstrike on Ar Raqqah: Old Hal market, 27th July 2017. (via Raqqa.SI)
  • Victim of an alleged Coalition and SDF airstrike on Ar Raqqah: Old Hal market, 27th July 2017. (via Raqqa.SI)

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 27th-28th: “Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, a supply cache, an ISIS communication headquarters, and an anti-air artillery system.”It additionally reported that “On July 27, near Raqqah, Syria, 11 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units, destroyed an ISIS sniper position and an observation post, and suppressed four fighting positions.”

France
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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.’

United Kingdom
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‘Thursday 27 July – a Tornado and Typhoon pair attacked mortar and sniper positions in Raqqa…The following day [July 27th], a mixed pair of a Tornado and a Typhoon, based at RAF Akrotiri and supported by a Voyager air refuelling tanker, flew overwatch for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advancing inside Raqqa. The SDF came under mortar fire from a terrorist position, but a Paveway IV attack removed this threat. Another Paveway IV similarly dealt with a sniper position which was encountered by the SDF two hours later.’

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (16) [ collapse]