Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS260

Incident date

July 12, 2016

Location

الرقة‎, 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

Four children from one family were killed in an alleged Coalition strike on Raqqa.

According to Shaam News, the dawn strike totally destroyed the home of Ahmed Salem al Amin, killing his four young children. Nine other civilians were also reported wounded. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered named the children as Salem, Fatima, Rimas and Mais.

In what may be the same or a separate incident, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered also reported: “Five civilians from the Ouda family were killed in addition to the injury of Yasser Azouz al Hassan al Hajji, 4 years old, following the targeting by warplanes of their home in al Baddou neighbourhood at dawn today.

In a detailed description, Syria News Desk reported: “Media opposition activist Mohamed Osman, quoting civilian sources from within Raqqa, told Syria News desk that Coalition aircraft launched five raids on the city, centered on the National Hospital and tal Nai’m roundabout near its center, and Al Wadi street near al Dalla roundabout north of the city center, pointing out that the dead children’s parents were seriously injured in Al Wadi Street, as the injured were taken to a medical point for treatment, while the bombing fully resulted in the destruction of two buildings, and material damage to a large hospital building and other property.” Daesh fighters were also reported killed.

While most sources blamed either the Coalition or unnamed aircraft, the Syrian Network said government shelling was responsible for the children’ deaths. However the Coalition has confirmed strikes in the near vicinity.

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.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Yasser Azouz al Hassan al Hajji, 4 years years old male injured

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 9
  • (4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • The children Salim, Fatima, Rimas and Mais Ahmad Salim Al Amein died in government warplanes missiles fired on Raqqa city, July 12, 2016 (via SNHR)

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
    37SEV008784
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 25, 2020
  • July 12, 2016, in Raqqah, 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. 3008/CS260 37SEV008784

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For July 11th-12th the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL used-bridge and destroyed an ISIL oil wellhead and three ISIL pump jacks.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 9
  • (4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]