Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS609

Incident date

March 22, 2017

Location

الثورة‎, Tabaqah, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.84633, 38.54376 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Within 100m (via Coalition) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Within 100m (via Coalition)

Airwars assessment

In a major casualty incident, between 44 and 56 named civilians reportedly died and up to 55 others were wounded in a Coalition airstrike on an automated bakery in the Al Thani neighbourhood of Tabaqa, according to local sources.

The US-led alliance later conceded seven deaths in the event. Their September 2018 civilian casualty report noted: “During a strike on an ISIS fighting position, seven civilians were unintentionally killed.”

Step News reported that the Coalition carried out more than 25 airstrikes in Tabaqa since dawn, targeting “the first neighborhood and the second neighborhood and the automated oven and the city market”. Radio Akul, also blaming the Coalition, put the death toll at 27.

However, according to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, 37 civilians died with 52 more wounded.

Other sources said that a local market was hit as well as the bakery. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 were killed but that the number was likely to rise. According to Syrian News Desk, “The raids focused on the main market behind the bakery building, causing heavy damage to four residential buildings and the burning of cars and shops.”

A local source told the Smart news agency that the Coalition carried out “four raids on an automatic bakery in the city, killing the owner of the bakery, the employees and dozens of civilians who were nearby.” Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently – also attributing the event to the Coalition – produced a number of reports naming victims as well as publishing graphic images of the strike’s aftermath. According to Euphrates Post, in addition to targeting the bakery, the Coalition “also targeted one of Daesh’s HQ near the Assyrian church in the city.”

Human Rights Watch published a major field investigation into the event in September, which concluded that a 5pm strike on GPS co-ordinates 35.845879, 38.540913 had killed at least 44 civilians. Multiple witnesses and survivors spoke with HRW, with some indicating that the aircraft responsible may have been a B-52 bomber. The international NGO published a casualty list featuring 44 victims.

The Coalition provided Airwars with the location of this incident, accurate to within a 100 metre box.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ez al-Deen Sahari Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Abd al-Jabbar Sahari Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed

Family members (6)

  • Wael Ahmad al-Qobos Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Maher Ahmad al-Qobos Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Abd al-Kareem Ahmad al-Qobos Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Daughter of Ismaeil Ahmad al-Qobos Child female named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Wife of Ismaeil Ahmad al-Qobos Adult female named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Ismaeil Ahmad al-Qobos Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed

Family members (2)

  • Abdulla Mohammad al-Mdakhar 14 years old male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Eisa Mohammad al-Madkher 13 years old male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed

Family members (2)

  • Ali Hamid al-Bakri Child male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Hamid al-Bakri Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed

Family members (2)

  • Aboudi Dibo Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Ammar Dibo Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed

Family members (2)

  • Shahade Al-Abed Child killed
  • Ibrahim Al-Abed Child male killed

Family members (3)

  • Salah Ahmad al Omar Age unknown killed
  • Walid Ahmad al Omar Age unknown killed
  • Hussein Ahmad al Omar Age unknown male killed
  • Daed Mansour 42 years old female named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Khadijeh al-Ibraheem al-Btoushi 40 years old female named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Mohannad Barko Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Mohammad Elaiwi Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Khaled Ahmad al-Salal Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Fatima al-Hendi Adult female named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Mahmoud Ahmad Mostafa or Ahmad Ali Al-Mustafa Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Mahmoud Dahham al-Abdullah Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Hamoud Staif Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Hasan Kassab Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Yosra Fattah Adult female named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Mostafa Mansour Adult male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Haytham Khalouf 32 years old male named by VDC, as victims at Al Tabaqa of international Coalition actions, from Palmyra killed
  • Ibrahim AleiwiIssa Age unknown male killed
  • Mariam – the mother of Mohammad al Masri 50 years old female killed
  • Raed A’beid Age unknown killed
  • Ahmad Al Abed Age unknown male killed
  • Udai Hasan Khleif 10 years old killed
  • Fayez Mohammed Al-Abdullah Age unknown killed
  • Ammar Kahat Age unknown killed
  • Mayada Kashash Age unknown female killed
  • Ahmad Abdul-Hay Al-juneidi Age unknown male killed
  • Ismaeil Hussein Haj A’ref Age unknown killed
  • Lina Hasan Hajja Age unknown female killed
  • Mustafa Rajab Abdo 13 years old male killed
  • Peipers Al-Hasan Child killed
  • Mohammed Alewi Age unknown male killed
  • Khadija Ibrahim Age unknown female killed
  • Faryal Dibo Age unknown female killed
  • Mansour Al-Haji Age unknown killed
  • Mohammed Jamil Asad Age unknown male killed
  • Manar al-Hussein Age unknown killed
  • Ahmad Faraj al Nazal Age unknown killed
  • Abu Hamdo al Hajji Age unknown male killed
  • Ahmad Mahmoud Zahhab Age unknown male killed
  • Su'ad Taje 12 years old female killed
  • Hadeel Rabih 16 years old female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    44 – 56
  • (14 children9–10 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–55
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (83) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (48) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via Alhiwarchannel)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via Syrian newsdesk)
  • Q-Alenzy documenting 20 initial names of civilian casualties. (via Q-Alenzy)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments before the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments before the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via Asharqiya voice)
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    A civilian casualty found in the rubble after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via Asharqiya voice)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via Asharqiya voice)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via Asharqiya voice)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via Asharqiya voice)
  • Moments after the alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via Asharqiya voice)
  • Peipers Al-Hasan, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The child Udday Hasan Khalif, 10 years old, killed in an alleged coalition raid yesterday on al Thani neighbourhood bakery in al tabaqa.
  • Mohammad Aleiwi, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Muhannad Barko, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Ez al-Deen Sahari, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via VDC)
  • Ez al-Deen Sahari, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via VDC)
  • Abd al-Jabbar Sahari, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via VDC)
  • Ali Hamid al-Bakri, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via VDC)
  • Hamid al-Bakri, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via VDC)
  • Hasan Kassab, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via VDC)
  • Haytham Khalouf, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd march 2017. (via VDC)
  • Ahmad al Abd, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Ahmad Mahmoud Zahhab, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Abu Hamdo al Hajji, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Ahmad Faraj al Nazal, killed in a Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
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    Graphic image of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
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    Graphic image of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
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    Graphic image of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
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    Graphic image of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
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    Graphic image of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)
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    Graphic image of a civilian casualty in the aftermath of an alleged Coalition airstrike on Tabaqah, 22nd March 2017. (via RBSS)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Credible / Substantiated
    The investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the law of armed conflict, unintended civilian casualties regrettably occurred.
  • Given reason for civilian harm
    No reason given
    Airwars’ assessment of belligerent’s civilian casualty statement
  • Initial Airwars grading
    Confirmed
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    7
  • Stated location
    near al-Thani, Tabaqa, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV588670
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Sep 27, 2018
  • March 22, 2017, near al-Thani, Tabaqa, Syria, via Airwars report. During a strike on an ISIS fighting position, seven civilians were unintentionally killed.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For March 22nd-23rd: “Near Ar Raqqah, eight strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed two tactical vehicles, a fighting position, and a heavy transport equipment piece; and damaged four supply routes.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    44 – 56
  • (14 children9–10 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–55
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (83) [ collapse]