Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1388

Incident date

August 19, 2017

Location

الحديقة البيضا, Ar Raqqah: Hadika Al Bayda (White Garden), Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9605703, 38.9976883 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One man, named as Omar al-Kafri, was killed in an alleged US-led Coalition strike in Raqqa, local sources said.

It was reported by Raqqa r_w_b that Omar al-Kafri was struck nearby “the house of his family, beside the Al Hadika Al Bayda while distributing water from the well he had dug with his neighbours”.

All sources tracked held the US-led Coalition responsible for this civilian casualty incident.

The Daraa Martyrs Documentation Center later also reported the death of Mohammed Abdul Rahim Al-Kafri from Daraa-Al-Mutaiya who was “killed after he was hit by an air raid of the International Alliance on the city of Raqqa in the province of Raqqa on 20.8.2017”.

On March 20th, RBSS reported the exhumation of Mohammad al Kafri and Hassan al Tadmuri. RBSS stated that the two men that were pulled from under the rubble were killed in a Coalition strike “on a water well in the area of al Hadika al Baidaa”. It is important to note that the report detailed that the airstrike had taken place on August 16th. However, Airwars researchers have assessed that the incident is more likely to be related to the August 19th airstrike – all known public allegations mention the same precise location and Mohammad al Kafri shares the same surname with the aforementioned victim.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (3 men)
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Omar Abdul Rahim al-Kafri, Abu Saleh, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on Raqqa, Aug 19th (via Raqqa r_w_b)
  • One of the victims of the air strike (via RBSS)
  • Mohammed Al-Kafri (via RBSS)
  • The place where the bodies were found (via RBSS)
  • One of the victims of the air strike (via RBSS)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the White Garden (الحديقة البيضا) area of Raqqah, for which the coordinates are: 35.9605703, 38.9976883.

  • Geolocated media by Airwars showing the White Garden area Imagery: © 2018 Google

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    Insufficient information on the time and location
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Raqqah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV997795
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jun 28, 2018
  • The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For August 18th-19th the Coalition reported “Near Raqqah, 19 strikes engaged 17 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 20 fighting positions, an anti-air artillery system, and a command and control node.” It additionally reported that “On Aug. 18, near Raqqah, Syria, 20 strikes engaged 14 ISIS tactical units, destroyed 14 fighting positions, and damaged a tunnel entrance.” And that “On Aug. 18, near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions.” Also that “On Aug. 18, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.”

United Kingdom
  • English
    /
    Original

‘Saturday 19 August – Typhoons bombed a truck on the move near Bayji, while Tornados attacked a terrorist position in Raqqa...A Typhoon flight faced a challenging target on Saturday 19 August – a fast-moving truck carrying a group of terrorists across the desert in Iraq, west of Bayji. Despite the vehicle’s speed, a Paveway IV was guided accurately onto the target, destroying it. Tornados continued to provide close air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa, destroying a terrorist strongpoint.’

Unknown
  • English
    /
    Original

For Aug 16-22, France report 5 strikes in Iraq and 2 in Syria. Task Force Wagram conducted 60 artillery missions

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (3 men)
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]