Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS214

Incident date

May 19, 2016

Location

الحمرات, Al Hamrat, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.916095, 39.1645432 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

A family was reported killed in a contested airstrike at Al Hamrat in Raqqa governorate.

Shaam News blamed the US-led Coalition: “Activists said that aircraft believed to be from the international coalition bombed Al Hamrat in the eastern Raqqa countryside this morning, leading to the martyrdom of the family of Abdul Al Hadi Hassan Al Abd al-Hadi Albouhbal including children and women after targeting their home with several missiles.”

Other sources including local Civil Defence did not attribute responsibility for the deaths, citing only warplanes. At least one local activist blamed Russia for the attack. And Jisr TV blamed the Assad regime. Commenting on the confusion, Syrian Al Hall cited a local witness: “The source said there was no confirmed reports on the identity of the planes that carried out the bombing but it is likely to be the coalition given the accuracy of the targeting and the closing of the area by Daesh after the raid.”

In its reporting of at least four airstrikes by unidentified aircraft, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered noted: “The areas targeted by air raids in the eastern countryside of the city of Al Raqqa were:

– the council of the village of Hamra Ghnam and the school nearby

– civilian homes in Badr farm

– Al Muntazaha village the home of Anoun al Sultan

– al Jirka village the home of Abd al Hadi Hassan al Bouhbal killing 3 of his children and his wife.”

On the same day, Coalition aircraft dropped leaflets on Raqqa city urging residents to flee an imminent assault to dislodge so-called Islamic State.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Abd al Hadi Hassan al Bouhbal's child Child killed
  • Abd al Hadi Hassan al Bouhbal's child Child killed
  • Abd al Hadi Hassan al Bouhbal's child Child killed
  • Abd al Hadi Hassan al Bouhbal's wife female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Translation: an entire family killed after their home was targeted by warplanes in the town of al Hamrat in the eastern Raqqa countryside.
  • Translation: an entire family martyred following bombing by warplanes the area of al Hamrat int he eastern countryside.
  • Translation: civilians dead and wounded following 4 raids by warplanes on the town of al Hamrat eastern Raqqa countryside.
  • Translation: #Al raqqa coalition planes throw leaflets over Raqqa says ‘The time has come to leave al Raqqa’ in a letter addressed to the civilians asking them to leave the town (via RBSS)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

The Coalition noted no strikes near Raqqa for May 18th-19th 2016.

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (17) [ collapse]