Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS627

Incident date

March 27, 2017

Location

سد الفرات, Euphrates Dam, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.857579, 38.559545 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

The Director of the Euphrates Dam and two other staff members died in an alleged Coalition airstrike or incoming SDF fire at the scene, according to local sources.

Baladi reported that “the director of the Euphrates Dam and his technical assistant were killed and a number of other technicians were injured as a result of air strikes by international Coalition aircraft which targeted them as they entered the dam building for maintenance operations on Monday.”

Orient News added that the technical staff had been sent by IS to carry out emergency maintenance following a previous bombing of the dam by the Coalition. A local ceasefire was supposed to have been in place to allow the work.

Media activist Mhaab Nasser stated that “the director and his assistants are civilians and are not affiliated with Islamic state, as some rumors justifying the Coalition action claim.”

Euphrates Post reported that the victims died when “they tried to enter the dam for maintenance work during the truce which was announced by the militia of the SDF.” The head of the technical workshop, Ibrahim Khader, told Smart News that “the dam is now out of service, in the absence of electricity to operate turbines and discharge water.” Smart added: “One of the engineers working in the dam, Ahmed Khalaf, said the risk of collapse was still present because of the high water level.

Former workers in the Euphrates dam called for ‘urgent action to avoid a disaster caused by its collapse, based on photographs and information obtained showing the damage of some of the technical units operating the dam.’”

The Shaam News Network added that following the strike, IS used loud speakers to warn civilians of the imminent collapse of the dam, advising them to leave the cit temporarily.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ahmed Hussein Adult male killed
  • Hasan Al Khalaf Adult male Ahmed Hussein's technical assistant killed
  • Firas al-Hussein Adult male “a former employee of the Red Crescent in the city”. killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Ahmed Hussein, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on the Euphrates Dam, March 27th 2017. (via RBSS)
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    Ahmed Hussein, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on the Euphrates Dam, March 27th 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Firas Al-Hussein, killed in an alleged Coalition raid on the Euphrates Dam, March 27th 2017. (via RBSS)
  • Diagram showing locations of damage to the Euphrates Dam following an alleged Coalition raid, March 27th 2017. (via Hashtag Syria)
  • Diagram showing locations of damage to the Euphrates Dam following an alleged Coalition raid, March 27th 2017. (via Hashtag Syria)
  • Diagram showing locations of damage to the Euphrates Dam following an alleged Coalition raid, March 27th 2017. (via Hashtag Syria)
  • Diagram showing locations of damage to the Euphrates Dam following an alleged Coalition raid, March 27th 2017. (via Hashtag Syria)
  • The Euphrates Dam following an alleged Coalition raid, March 27th 2017. (via Hashtag Syria)
  • The Euphrates Dam following an alleged Coalition raid, March 27th 2017. (via Hashtag Syria)
  • Diagram showing locations of damage to the Euphrates Dam following an alleged Coalition raid, March 27th 2017. (via Hashtag Syria)
  • Diagram showing locations of damage to the Euphrates Dam following an alleged Coalition raid, March 27th 2017. (via Hashtag Syria)
  • Alleged engineers entering the Dam. (via RBSS)
  • Hassan al Khalaf, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on the Euphrates Dam, March 27th 2017. (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
    Insufficient evidence of civilian harm
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Euphrates Dam, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV602682
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Mar 28, 2018
  • After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For March 27th-28th: “Near Ar Raqqa, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed eight barges, a vehicle, a front-end loader, and a truck and trailer” and “Near Tabqah, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; and destroyed a front-end loader and a vehicle.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]