Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1418

Incident date

August 25, 2017

Location

The National Hospital, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.949994, 39.003815 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Sources initially reported three people were killed following alleged US-led Coalition air strikes on The National (Al Watani) Hospital in Raqqa. Subsequent reports identified nine victims.

Mohammad Jom’a al Taha (b. 1951), an agricultural engineer, and two of his sons, were killed in the offensive. According to sources the family was displaced people from Deir Ezzor Governorate. Syrianpc referred to the use of “artillery shelling” by the International Coalition, as did multiple other local media sources. The majority of sources hold the US-led Coalition responsible for the attack or cited the use of artillery. Airwars understands that only the Coalition have access to artillery in Raqqa.

The Al-Subeeh family were also listed as killed in the attack on Raqqa city, however, sources did not specify whether they were also near The National (Al Watani) Hospital. The victims of the family were named by sources.

See also CS1416

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ammar Hussein Al-Subeeh Adult male killed
  • His wife Khadija Ayoub Al-Abd Adult female killed

Family members (3)

  • Bdour Ammar Al Subeeh Age unknown killed
  • Dalal Ammar Al Subeeh Age unknown killed
  • Hala Ammar Al Subeeh Age unknown killed

Family members (3)

  • Mohammed Juma al-Tah Adult male born 1951 killed
  • Osama Jom’a al Taha Child male killed
  • Abdullah Mohammed Jumah al-Taha Child male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (2 children1 woman2 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Mohammed Juma al-Tah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the national hospital in Raqqa, 25th August 2017. (via Oqba Matar Matar)
  • Son of Mohammed Juma al-Tah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the national hospital in Raqqa, 25th August 2017. (via Oqba Matar Matar)
  • Son of Mohammed Juma al-Tah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the national hospital in Raqqa, 25th August 2017. (via Oqba Matar Matar)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident refer to the National Hospital, for which the coordinates are: 35.949994, 39.003815. Syrian Network for Human Rights report mentioned “February 23 Street”, which is 500 m from the hospital compound.

  • The National Hospital and February 23 Street, three blocks (500 m) from the hospital.

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US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Duplicate
    Assessed to be a duplicate of another report that has already been assessed.
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For August 25th-26th the Coalition reported “Near Raqqah, 24 strikes engaged 15 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 20 fighting positions, two logistics nodes, two command and control nodes, a VBIED, an ISIS UAS, a vehicle, and an ISIS headquarters; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.” It was additionally reported that “On Aug. 25, near Raqqah, Syria, 31 strikes engaged 18 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 11 fighting positions, two command and control nodes, five vehicles, and three heavy machine guns.” And that “On Aug. 25, near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a command and control node and two fighting positions.”

United Kingdom
  • English
    /
    Original

‘Friday 25 August – Typhoons and Tornados attacked three terrorist positions in Raqqa, and three in Tal Afar…A mixed Typhoon and Tornado pair delivered three further Paveway attacks in Tal Afar on Friday 25 August, hitting two mortar teams and a Daesh-held building. Over Raqqa, our aircraft continued to support the Syrian Democratic Forces, and used Paveway IVs against two sniper positions and another terrorist strongpoint. The focus for RAF missions remained on Raqqa over the weekend.’

Media
from belligerent (1) [ collapse]

  • For Aug 23rd-29th, France report 8 strikes in Iraq and 11 strikes in Syria, plus 46 artillery missions in Tal Afar, Iraq.(@EtatMajorFR)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (2 children1 woman2 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 (20) [ collapse]