Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS657

Incident date

April 2, 2017

Location

الصفصاف, Al Safsaf and Hunaida, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.831167, 38.634195 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. marker Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Sources told the Smart News Agency that warplanes “likely” belonging to the Coalition bombed the villages of Hunaidah and Al Safsaf Al Wasatani and Altahani west of the city of Raqqa, killing two civilians and injuring nine others”.

But Melody-fm-syria blamed the Syria Democratic Forces, saying they used rocket-propelled grenades on Hunaida, killing four civilians including one woman and injuring 13 more.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9–13
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (6) [ collapse]

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible
    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 Al Safsaf, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Dec 28, 2017
  • 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. (1275)

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

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.”
For April 2nd - April 3rd, the Coalition reported: "Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position."

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9–13
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition

Sources (6) [ collapse]