Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS452

Incident date

January 21, 2017

Location

الثورة‎, Tabaqah, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

One civilian died and six were injured in alleged Coalition airstrikes on Al Tabaqa, according to local sources.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) said that the Coalition launched raids “targeting the areas of the coach station and the market leading to the fall of a number of civilian wounded.”

Step also blamed the Coalition, saying: “Our correspondent reported that eight air raids targeted the neighborhood near the market in al Tabaqa and al Yarmouk school which led to the total destruction of the school and left a number of civilians, including women and children injured.”

Other reports by RBSS “noted great destruction in the buildings of al Sina’a school”. According to Al Raed La Yakzub Ahlahu [IS propaganda], “two children, two women and two men injured following six raids by the international coalition on al Tabaqa west of al Raqqa.”

Baladi also attributed the incident to the Coalition, reporting: “The sources explained that the raids caused the martyrdom of one civilian and wounding several others, all of them civilians, as well as targeting the health industry School and school completely destroyed, while one of the raids targeted a civilian houses near the swimming pool of Andalusia in the second quarter.” Al Sharqiya reported that the Coalition carried out eight raids.

On March 4th the Coalition announced it was carrying out an assessment into the incident – the first such confirmed case of Donald Trump’s presidency. A month later it reported: “Jan. 22, 2017, near Al-Tabqah, Syria, via social media report: After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in this geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Translation: photos showing some of the injured in the coalition raids last night in al tabaqa
  • Translation: al tabaqa - photos showing the targeting of coalition planes of al Sina’a school which led to its total destruction.
  • Al tabaqa - photos showing the destruction in al Sina’a school [industry school] (via RBSS)
  • Al tabaqa - photos showing the destruction in al Sina’a school [industry school] (via RBSS)
  • Al tabaqa - photos showing the destruction in al Sina’a school [industry school] (via RBSS)
  • Al tabaqa - photos showing the destruction in al Sina’a school [industry school] (via RBSS)
  • Al tabaqa - photos showing the destruction in al Sina’a school [industry school] (via RBSS)
  • Al tabaqa - photos showing the destruction in al Sina’a school [industry school] (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
    Insufficient evidence of civilian harm
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Tabaqah, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jun 28, 2018
  • After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For January 21st-22nd it stated: “Near Ar Raqqah, 22 strikes engaged 12 ISIL tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, two tunnels, two tanks, an IED factory, and an ISIL headquarters; and suppressed three ISIL tactical units.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]