Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS234

Incident date

June 19, 2016

Location

الثورة‎, Al-Thawrah (Tabaqah), Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.8295049, 38.5360909 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between 10 and 16 civilians including one woman were killed and 30-35 injured in airstrikes on Tabaqa – though reports are conflicted as to whether the Coalition, Russia or the Assad regime carried out the attacks. However, the majority of the sources allege Russia was responsible.

LCCSY, Syria 2011 and the Syrian Revolution all named people who they said had been killed in Coalition strikes. But The Shaam News Network reported that Russian warplanes carried out more than a dozen airstrikes with cluster bombs: “Activists said Russian warplanes targeted several neighborhoods within al Tabaqa with cluster bombs, leaving 16 martyrs among civilians and more than 30 wounded, some in critical condition, as well as considerable material damage in residential buildings, shops and the proliferation of explosive bombs over large areas in the city and within residential neighborhoods. The bombing included al Sina’a street , Hajj Nawwar street, al A’reed street, the area behind Express book shop, Al Maghniya street and the area near the financial district.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently also blamed Russia across multiple posts, however, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said the regime were responsible and put the death toll at at least six. Others sources referred to “warplanes”, but did not say who they belonged to.

In the second of their March 2020 civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 16
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–35
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • A wounded civilian being treated following an airstrike on Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • A photo of one of the raids that targeted al Maqassem neighbourhood in al Tabaqa (via RBSS).
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the some civilians harmed by the air strike (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Aftermath of the air strike (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa photos of the signs of destruction inside civilians’ homes after they were targeted with cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Al Tabaqa, photo of one of the cluster bombs (via RBSS)
  • Translation: urgent Raqqa: more than 40 Daesh killed including women when the Syrian eagle targeted Daesh dens in the city of Tabaqa a short while ago (via youffff1982)
  • Translation: al Raqqa - Ahmad Mudhi al Ahmad martyred after coalition planes target al tabaqa, al Raqqa, a few days ago. The martyr is from Bulial in Deir Ezzor.
  • Left overs of the cluster bombs fired by warplanes on al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Left overs of the cluster bombs fired by warplanes on al Tabaqa (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
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV580651
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 25, 2020
  • June 19, 2016, in Tabaqah, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 2977/CS234 37SDV580651

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For June 18th-18th, the Coalition reports: “Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes struck two ISIL-used bridges and an ISIL staging area.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 16
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–35
  • 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 (32) [ collapse]