Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS495

Incident date

February 16, 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

Heavy Coalition airstrikes on al Tabaqa resulted in at least one civilian death, according to multiple reports.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered said that “several missiiles fell near Omar al Mukhtar school in al Tabaqa” killing one child and injuring two or more.

According to Step News “B52s launched ten air strikes targeting points in al Fouroussiya, al Mazare’ roundabout and al Funduk and the police generals’ residences and Hankarat; and these are areas that belong to ISIL. Nine missiles also fell south of al A’jrawi roundabout in al Tabaqa which led to the destruction of several houses and casualties, where the sound of explosions shook the city of Raqqa.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said a woman and her child were killed in a Coalition strike. Syria News Desk, who also blamed the Coalition, said that one civilian died in the strike and six others were wounded. According to Al Amawi news, a woman died “after being hit in the air raids launched by the international coalition yesterday near Omar al Mukhtar school in al Tabaqa.”

In its June 2017 report the Coalition denied responsibility: “Feb. 16, 2017, near Al Tabqah, Syria, via social media report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the 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 – 2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Destruction due to the raids on Omar Al Mukhtar school in Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Destruction due to the raids on Omar Al Mukhtar school in Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Destruction due to the raids on Omar Al Mukhtar school in Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Destruction due to the raids on Omar Al Mukhtar school in Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Destruction due to the raids on Omar Al Mukhtar school in Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Destruction due to the raids on Omar Al Mukhtar school in Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Destruction due to the raids on Omar Al Mukhtar school in Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • Destruction due to the raids on Omar Al Mukhtar school in 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
  • Stated location
    near Al Tabaqah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    1 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV5821365352
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Sep 29, 2017
  • After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For February 15th-16th 2017, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes destroyed three tunnels, an oil pump jack and an oil wellhead.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]