Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS337

Incident date

October 14, 2016

Location

الغازلي, Al Ghazli, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

36.30755, 39.02292 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

The home of a local sheikh was bombed during a lunch party, killing as many as 20 civilians, according to local sources. Though most reports point to this being a Coalition action, one other blames the regime while a further report alleges that Russia was responsible.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently initially reported that at least 11 people died when unidentified warplanes struck the house of Sheikh Daham Ka’a-ishish in the village of al Ghazli. It later updated the death toll to 15 and said the strikes were carried out by “the international coalition.”

The Syrian Observatory also put the death toll at 15 and attributed the strikes to the Coalition. Several other sources cited the Coalition.

However, an account associated with the Sheikh’s tribe reported that six missiles from Russian warplanes caused the destruction.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Network reported that “government forces” shelling on Al Ghazli was to blame for the massacre. Several News agencies, including ARA News and Al Jisr cited ISIL-controlled al A’maq agency, reporting a death toll of 20 due to coalition attacks. Step News Agency reported “the international coalition aircraft had launched several air raids on Friday targeting the home of” the Sheikh, killing twenty “women and children” and “wounding scores… all of them civilians.

On October 14, Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered posted an initial list of 11 victims:

A woman named as Wazna al Sheen (initially reported killed) was also pulled alive from the rubble two days later.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

  • Abd al Shaheen Age unknown male killed

Family members (3)

  • Nayef al Ka’a-ishish's wife Age unknown female killed
  • Nayef al Ka’a-ishish's son Child killed
  • Nayef al Ka’a-ishish's son Age unknown male killed

Family members (3)

  • Salama al Hamad’s child Age unknown killed
  • Salama al Hamad’s child Age unknown killed
  • Salama al Hamad’s child Age unknown killed
  • Hamish Salama Age unknown male killed
  • Hamish al Hassan Age unknown male killed
  • Moussa al Kidro Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14 – 19
  • (5 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • 6 missiles from Russian warplanes target the house of Sheikh Daham al Ka’a-ishish in al Ghazli village during a lunch party inside his house.
  • Photo of the Hamish al Salam [Abu Ali] (via K'ak'a Anzi)
  • Photo of the aftermath of the airstrike (via RBSS)
  • Photo of the aftermath of the airstrike (via RBSS)
  • Photo of the aftermath of the airstrike (via RBSS)
  • Photo of the aftermath of the airstrike (via RBSS)
  • Photo of the aftermath of the airstrike (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
  • Stated location
    near Al Ghazli, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Aug 4, 2017
  • After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area of the reported civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For October 13th-14th the Coalition reported that “Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.” For October 14th-15th, the Coalition reported “Near Ayn Isa, one strike engaged an ISIL headquarters building and a staging area.”

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
    14 – 19
  • (5 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]