Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS652

Incident date

April 1, 2017

Location

الرقة‎, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9505639, 39.0094148 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

One civilian male died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the corn dryer area in Raqqa, according to local sources.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported that “Mohamad al Salem was martyred following international coalition raids this afternoon on the area of the corn dryer north of the city of Raqqa.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights also named the victim, reporting that he was killed when “international Coalition warplanes missiles fired on the al Mojaffaf area north of Raqqa city on April 1, 2017.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mohamad al Salem Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Mohamad al Salem, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on Raqqa, April 1st (via RBSS)
  • Photo showing the air raids that targeted the area around al Sinbla, north of the city centre of Raqqa (posted by Euphrates Post on April 2nd, 2017).

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 Ar Raqqah, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Nov 30, 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 March 31st-1st April, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a weapons storage facility and a VBIED; and damaged a bridge.”
For April 1st – April 2nd, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight barges and five fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]