Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS614 RS2025

Incident date

March 24, 2017

Location

Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, Raqqa, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.962769, 39.009272 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Up to six civilians including two children and two women died, and as many as five civilians were wounded, in an airstrike on the Bado neighbourhood of Raqqa, according to local media, though reports were conflicted as to whether this was the work of the US led Coalition or Russian warplanes.

Palmyra Media Center reported “Coalition planes targeted a Daesh warehouse behind Abu al A’laa al Ma’ari school. The school was damaged as a result of the air raid and was used to house displaced people from Palmyra, al Sukhna and al Tabaqa”.

Another report by Palmyra Media Center named a female as a victim of a Coalition strike which hit a “a bakery belonging to Daesh near Abu al A’laa al Ma’ari school.”

RFS Media Office, RBSS and Syria PC reported that the strikes targeted several points in the city of Raqqa but centred around a school and a water resources building in al-Ma’ari, which both were rendered inoperable. Areas around ِal-Idikhar street were also hit, RFS added.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently initially reported an unspecified number of deaths and injuries following a Coalition strike on the Bado neighbourhood. However, a subsequent report alleged that this was a Russian strike. Further reports by RBSS put the death toll at six, “mainly women and children” and named a young girl as killed.

Photographs were published by RBSS of the aftermath, showing destruction to buildings and local infrastructure.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights also attributed blame to Russia, putting the death toll at five including a girl and two women. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Shaam News also said that Russia had carried out raids on Raqqa.

Sharqiya Voice reported the death of two women and a child by “warplanes”, though it didn’t identify them. According to Alaraby, “warplanes targeted the Al-Thanaka neighbourhood opposite to the stadium in Al-Bado neighbourhood, killing three civilians and wounding five.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (1–2 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

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Media
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    Amina Al-Mufdi, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on the Al-Bado neighbourhood in Raqqa, March 24th 2017. (via SN4HR)
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    Amina Al-Mufdi, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on the Al-Bado neighbourhood in Raqqa, March 24th 2017. (via Al Ragga truth)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian raid on a warehouse behind Ma'ari school, Bado neighbourhood, Raqqa, 24th March 2017. (via RBSS)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a warehouse behind the Ma’ari school (مدرسة المعري) in the Badou neighbourhood in Raqqa. The coordinates for the Ma’ari school (مدرسة المعري) are: 35.9621355, 39.0097957. On satellite imagery a building that looks like a warehouse can be seen behind the school, damaged between January 7 and May 18, 2017. The images published by RBSS clearly show the collapsed roof of this building and the water tower east of the warehouse. The coordinates for the warehouse are: 35.962769, 39.009272.

  • Damage seen of the warehouse behind Al Ma'ari school (مدرسة المعري), the water tower seen on RBSS images marked in red (left: January 7, 2017; right: May 18, 2017)

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    © 2019 Google

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 Bado neighborhood, Raqqah, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jan 25, 2018
  • 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 March 24th-25th: “Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, and a weapons storage facility; and damaged a supply route.”

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any specific strikes between March 1st - 31st 2017.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (1–2 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces

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