Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1285a

Incident date

July 27, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Raqqa , Syria

Geolocation

35.940559, 38.999347 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, five 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 Amnesty field notes there were two strikes. Firstly, an artillery strike on the house where the family was sheltering which prompted them and other neighbours to leave however, a barrage of artillery shells struck the street full of people, killing four members of the family and several other neighbours, and injuring many more. A second artillery strike hit the house where the family was sheltering and killed a displaced woman from Palmira who was also sheltering in the same house.

The victims and their relatives were – according to the report – “sheltering in a house with two other families (some 35 people in all) and the house was hit by a shell”.

In a testimony given by Khaled, a survivor of the strike, “In the space of a few minutes the street was full of dead bodies and injured people on the ground. Many of the victims were displaced people, who, like my family, were running away from the fighting.”

Researchers added that those injured in the strike included the mum, Khadija Hsein al-Ka’oud, 50 who obtained a neck injury and has been left completely paralysed on right side. The two children of Subhi’s, Bashar, 7 who has injures to the back of both his legs and Abdo, 5, who obtained a back injury. The two children now live with their grandparents.

The Abdallah family owned a tyre shop, which was run by Nazlat al-Shehada, however he was killed in the strike.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • The home of the Abdallah's two years on from the airstrike. (via Amnesty)
  • The home of the Abdallah's two years on from the airstrike. (via Amnesty)
  • Khadija Abdo Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mohammed Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Subhi Mohammed Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Zeinab Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mohammed and Zeinab Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Subhi Mohammed and Khadija Abdo Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (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

  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition