Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1513

Incident date

September 21, 2017

Location

الرقة‎, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9505639, 39.0094148 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Three civilian males died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, according to local media.

Multiple sources named the victims.

The deaths of Mr Al Khatib and his son were reported by Page of Palymyra’s Dead, reflecting where the IDPs had originally come from.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Hammad Mohammed Amin al-Khatib, aka Abu Amin Adult male killed
  • Son of Hammad Mohammed Amin al-Khatib, aka Abu Amin Age unknown male killed
  • Hassan Yasin al-Sukeifi Adult male killed
  • Mohammed Aref al-Jarba, aka Abu Fahd Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (0–1 children3 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 (10) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Raqqa (الرقة‎), for which the coordinates are: 35.9505639, 39.0094148. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    37SEV008784
    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 20th-21st the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions; a vehicle; two logistics nodes; a VBIED and a VBIED factory.”

For September 21st - 22nd, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, two vehicles, two logistics nodes, a VBIED and a VBIED factory" It later reported, "On Sept. 21, near Raqqah, Syria, 28 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed 18 fighting positions, eight vehicles, a tactical vehicle, two IEDs, two supply routes, a logistics node, damaged seven fighting positions and suppressed two fighting positions"

France
  • English
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    Original

[France report from 13 to 19 September inclusive: AIR Mission Statement: 41 sorties / 6 strikes / 8 neutralized goals Total since 9/19/14: 7136 sorties / 1375 strikes / 2152 objectives neutralized. Of which since 27/09/15 in Syria: 149 strikes / 295 objectives neutralized. Results of the TF WAGRAM from 13 to 19 September inclusive: 8 shooting missions carried out. (6 last week); 8 missions of harassment, neutralization, prohibition or destruction. Total results since the beginning of the TFW mission: 1485 missions carried out.] Operation Chammal ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK The main effort of the coalition is still on Raqqah where the pace of conquest is maintained. Daesh is now completely encircled and has no escape. The retreat of the last Daesh troops in key sectors, however, foreshadows fierce fighting. Balance of air operations: Balance sheet from September 13th to 19th included: AIR missions report: 41 sorties / 6 hits / 8 neutralized targets Total balance since 19/09/14: 7136 sorties / 1375 strikes / 2152 neutralized targets. Since the 27/09/15 in Syria: 149 strikes / 295 neutralized objectives. Review of TF WAGRAM from 13 to 19 September included: 8 shooting missions carried out. (6 last week); 8 missions of harassment, neutralization, prohibition or destruction. Total assessment since the start of the TFW mission: 1485 missions completed. '

[France report from 13 to 19 September inclusive: AIR Mission Statement: 41 sorties / 6 strikes / 8 neutralized goals Total since 19/09/14: 7136 sorties / 1375 strikes / 2152 objectives neutralized. Of which since 27/09/15 in Syria: 149 strikes / 295 objectives neutralized. Results of the TF WAGRAM from 13 to 19 September inclusive: 8 shooting missions carried out. (6 last week); 8 missions of harassment, neutralization, prohibition or destruction. Total results since the beginning of the TFW mission: 1485 missions carried out.] ‘Operation Chammal ACTIVITE DE LA SEMAINE L’effort principal de la coalition porte toujours sur Raqqah où le rythme de la conquête se maintient. Daech est maintenant complètement encerclé et n’a plus d’échappatoire. Le repli des dernières troupes de Daech dans des secteurs clés laissent néanmoins présager des combats ultimes acharnés. Bilan des opérations aériennes : Bilan du 13 au 19 septembre inclus : Bilan missions AIR : 41 sorties / 6 frappes / 8 objectifs neutralisés Bilan total depuis le 19/09/14 : 7136 sorties / 1375 frappes / 2152 objectifs neutralisés. Dont depuis le 27/09/15 en Syrie : 149 frappes / 295 objectifs neutralisés. Bilan de la TF WAGRAM du 13 au 19 septembre inclus : 8 missions de tirs réalisées. (6 la semaine dernière) ; 8 missions de harcèlement, de neutralisation, d’interdiction ou de destruction. Bilan total depuis le début de la mission de la TFW : 1485 missions réalisées.’

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (0–1 children3 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 (10) [ collapse]