Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS518

Incident date

February 21, 2017

Location

فتاتيش, Al Fatatish, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

36.083889, 39.8225 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between two and nine civilians died and dozens more were injured in an airstrike/artillery bombardment on Fatatish village in the eastern Raqqa coountryside, according to local sources – though reports are conflicted as to whether the deaths were caused by Coalition jets or shelling in the ares by the SDF and Kurdish militias.

The media activist Abdel-Karim Al-Yousef’s told ARA News “This evening, in the village of Fattatish in the eastern countryside, there was a Coalition aerial bombardment – three raids – that killed eight people and injured others.”

Euphrates Post also blamed the Coalition putting the death toll at nine with dozens more wounded.

However, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported “a massacre leaving eight civilian martyrs in raids by Kurdish militias and the international Coalition”.

Asharqiya Voice said that “SDF militias targeted Fatatish with artillery”.

Smart news agency, however, reported that “likely” Coalition warplanes killed two non-combatants – and injured 11 more – while six others were killed in SDF shelling.

A report by Raqqa Post blamed Saleh Muslim [kurdish] militias.

 

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 9
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–24
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

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
    a:1:{i:0;s:20:"no_coalition_strikes";}
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Fatatish (Raqqah), Syria
    Nearest population center

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 20th-21st, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions, a VBIED, a garage, an IED and a weapons facility; and damaged a bridge.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 9
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–24
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]