Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1632

Incident date

October 16, 2017

Location

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 civilians may have died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqah, according to local media – though there was uncertainty over when the victims died, with one report stating they were still alive.

Coordinating the Revolution in the City of Palmyra published “a clarification regarding the family of Mrs. Samira Al-Ali (Alhashosh) and her family.”. It said: “After receiving confirmation from one of Samira’s daughters and our contacts in the area, it turned out that Samira had died in the bombardment in Raqqa and her daughter Najwa died of her injuries in a camp near the city of Hasaka. The young man Mohammad also died in the bombing in Raqqa.”

However, On October 28th, the monitor said that the three victims were still alive: “It turns out that the above are still alive and they are in the city of Mansoura in the countryside Raqqah”.

However, a Facebook comment by someone called Ahmad al Qassim Dido on the Facebook page, says: “My brother in law Hamadi Al Katta got a message on Whatsapp from the granddaughter of Shattouh who was with them. She confirmed the death of the above named and said that Najwa was seriously injured and died in Ain Issa camp”.

The last reported Coalition action in the city was on October 16th, with victory over ISIS declared by the SDF the following day.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Mohammed Adnan Al Saleh Child male killed
  • Najwa Adnan Al Saleh Child killed
  • Samira Alhashosh Adult female wife of Adnan Al Saleh Alkta killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 3
  • (0–2 children0–1 women)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Mohammed Adnan Al Saleh, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqah, 16th October 2017. (via RBSS)

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 October 16th-17th it noted: “Near Raqqah, three strikes suppressed three ISIS communication lines.” The last reported strikes prior to this were on October 12th.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 3
  • (0–2 children0–1 women)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (5) [ collapse]