Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1315

Incident date

August 1, 2017

Location

حي التوسعية, Al Tawwassoui'ya neighbourhood, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9633318, 38.9806321 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Eleven members of the same family died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on their home in Raqqa’s Al Tawwassoui’ya neighbourhood, according to local media.

AlRaqqa Ahlna, Sohaeb Al Haskwi and Haska Rasd reported the deaths of 10 civilians, naming 3.

However, the majority of sources put the death toll at 12: Haitham Khaldun Sheikh Makhlaf, along with 11 members of his family – “mostly women and children”.

The incident was first reported on August 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm by @freedom_Raqqa1.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Hammadi al Makhlaf Adult male killed
  • Wife of Hammadi al Makhlaf Adult female killed
  • Haitham Khaldun Sheikh Makhlaf Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 14
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Haitham Khaldun Sheikh Makhlaf, killed along with 11 members of his family in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, 1st August 2017. (via @freedom_Raqqa1)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Tawwassoui’ya (حي التوسعية) in the city of Raqqa (الرقة‎), for which the coordinates are: 35.9633318, 38.9806321. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Tawasiyah (التوسعیة)

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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 August 1st-2nd: “Near Raqqah, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, two ISIS headquarters, an IED, an ammunition cache, and a fuel supply point.” It additionally added that “On Aug. 1, near Raqqah, Syria, 17 strikes engaged 14 ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight fighting positions, two ammunition caches, and a VBIED factory; and damaged a fighting position.” And that “On Aug. 1, near Raqqah, Syria, 17 strikes engaged 13 ISIS tactical units, destroyed two staging areas and an ISIS headquarters; and damaged a VBIED factory.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 14
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]