Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1460

Incident date

September 9, 2017

Location

الحديقة البيضا, 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

Local media reported that three civilians died and several more were wounded in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Al Hadika al Baidaa in Raqqah.

According to al Hassakah Rasd, “According to local sources, three civilians were killed on Saturday, and others were injured by the bombing of the neighborhoods of the city by coalition aircraft and artillery.” Smart News said the casualties occurred in the Al Hadika al Baidaa area.

Two civilians were named by the Syrian Human Rights Committee as killed by artillery that day.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

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

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention strikes in multiple locations in the Al Hadika al Baidaa neighbourhood in western Raqqa: the Na’im roundabout, Amassi street, Jumaili district and the area area the Imam Al Nuwani mosque. One source mentions casualties in the White Garden (الحدیقة البیضاء) area, for which the coordinates are: 35.9605703, 38.9976883

  • Na'im roundabout, Amassi street, Jumaili district, the Imam Al Nuwani mosque and the White Garden in Raqqa

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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 September 8th – 9th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 40 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 24 fighting positons, four logistics node, two vehicles, an ISIS communication line, a mortar system, a command and control node and suppressed four fighting positions.” It was additionally reported that “On Sept. 8, near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 15 vehicles, six logistics nodes, four fighting positions, and an IED; and suppressed three fighting positions.”

For September 9th - 10th, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah , 34 strikes for eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed 21 fighting positions, 16 vehicles, heavy machinery guns, two command and control nodes, a logistics node, and engineering equipment; and suppressed six fighting positions". It later reported, "In Syria, on Sept. 10 , Coalition military forces conducted 26 strikes consisting of 28 engagements against ISIS targets. Near Raqqah , 23 strikes for eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed 20 fighting positions, two logistics nodes, and a vehicle; and suppressed two fighting positions"

Summary

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