Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS568

Incident date

March 11, 2017

Location

كسرة الفرج, Kasrat Faraj, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9096301, 38.9961433 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between 12 and 22 civilians including six children and seven women died and up to 26 more were injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the Kasrat Al Faraj area, east of Raqqa city, according to multiple local sources which said that the raids targeted schools.

Al Natek Network reported that “17 were killed, most of them women and children, and 15 injured following an American raid targeting a school building which is occupied by IDP in al Kasrat area south of the city of Raqqa.” The Shaam News Network, Step news agency and Qasioun were among other sources also blaming the Coalition.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights initially put the death toll at 19, however, a later report said that it had risen to 22, including six children, seven women and 18 displaced people.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported that “air raids launched by the international Coalition at midnight yesterday targeted Saqer Kureish school – Al Bouhouth al Zira’iya – Rotko company and the military gas station south of the city of Raqqa.”

Euphrates Post said that ” a scientific research centre on the outskirts of southern Raqqa city” was targeted by the Coalition.

According to Syria News Desk, “Coalition aircraft carried out four raids on two schools hosting displaced people, killing 12 civilians, all of whom were displaced from the countryside east of Aleppo, including children. Additionally, 26 civilians were wounded.” The source added that the death toll was likely to rise due to the severity of injuries.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 22
  • (6 children7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–26
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Translation : international coalition launches 5 raids on al Kasrat area south of raqqa city
  • Translation: Baladi - international coalition planes launched 5 raids on al Kasrat south of the city of Raqqa - Syria

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For March 11th-12th: “Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes, engaged three ISIS tactical units and two ISIS staging areas; destroyed three fighting positions, two tanker trucks, a weapons storage facility, a well head, an ISIS-held building, and an anti-air artillery system; and damaged two bridges.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 22
  • (6 children7 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–26
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]