Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1636

Incident date

September 19–October 10, 2017

Location

Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.956964, 39.001378 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Up to five civilians, including one child and three women, were reportedly killed by an alleged Coalition strike at some point during the Raqqa Campaign, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) and Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality” reported.

The first report was made by RBSS who reported the death of a man and his wife after they were missing for several months. RBSS said that they were killed in a previous bombing by international coalition aircraft on the city of Al-Raqqa.

In April 2019, Amnesty International and Airwars published a joint report from the battle of Raqqa, which echoed RBSS report about the death of the married couple while interviews with an eyewitness told Amnesty’s researchers that a total of five victims were killed. As, besides from the married couple, two women and one child were also killed.

While only the man and two women are identified by name, the eyewitness, who was the child of the married couple, told Amnesty that a child and possibly his mother (as she was found cuddling the little boy) were among the remaining two victims.

It is currently unclear at what point during the Raqqa campaign that the victims died. Amnesty and Airwars’ research suggests that the incident took place somewhere between September 19th and October 10th.

Interviews with eyewitnesses also indicated that there were no Daesh fighters in that building.

In their monthly civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition has indicated that the credibility of this civilian harm allegation is in the process of being assessed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Hassan al Sueri 81 years old male killed
  • Marian Steif 72 years old female Wife of Hassan al Sueri killed
  • Haja Amal Anteebah 75 years old female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child3 women1 man)
  • 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

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Hassan al-Sueri killed with his wife at some point during the Raqqah campaign by an alleged Coaltion airstrike (RBSS)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Open incident
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Date of event currently unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child3 women1 man)
  • 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