Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1521

Incident date

September 24, 2017

Location

الرقة‎, Central, 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

Five civilians were reportedly killed in alleged Coalition air or artillery strikes in Raqqa, local sources reported.

According to the Step News Agency, “five civilians were killed and others are missing under the rubble as a result of aerial and ground bombing by the international Coalition in neighborhoods controlled by IS in the middle of the city of Raqqa.”

Q_Alenzy reported that the Coaltion targeted a building near the “train station” and the “juvenile prison” along with “the Bedou neighborhood and Tawasu’iya with white phosphorus shells”.

Raqqa24 added that the Coaltion carried out several raids on the Bedouin neighbourhood and “the surroundings of the municipal stadium and the expansion park”.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Video depicting the targeting of the International Aviation Alliance building near the train station and juvenile prison in the city of Raqqa, posted by @saad_alsabr on September 24th, 2017.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incidents 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

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 23rd-24th the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 29 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 20 fighting positions, 22 vehicles, three ISIS headquarters, a command and control node; and suppressed three fighting positions.”
For September 24th-25th the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, 27 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed 29 fighting positions, three vehicles; and suppressed a fighting position."

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]