Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS665

Incident date

April 6, 2017

Location

حويجة السواقي, Howeija Al Sawaki, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.8826525, 39.1066933 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, five civilians including a woman and a child died when the boat they were in near the town of Howeija al-Suwaki was struck.

A report by Glasswire cited Raqqa24 and RaqqaSL which blamed the Coalition. However, it also reported that “a spokesperson for the US-led coalition told Grasswire that it ‘does not appear to have conducted any strikes on watercraft near Raqqah between 2-6 April,’ and that this incident has been referred to its civilian casualty team for assessment.”

According to Glasswire, “local activists said on April 6th that an overnight US-led coalition airstrike on a boat near Raqqa, Syria causing civilian casualties. Raqqa SL said on Twitter that coalition strikes targeted a boat crossing the Euphrates river in the early hours of the morning.”

Glasswire also said that around March 17th, the coalition had dropped leaflets on Raqqa warning people not to use boats. However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported thatr “a missile believed to be of a land-to-land type landed on the Hawija al-Swaqi area, causing material damage, and injured a man and a woman.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Leaflets warning people not to use river boats, reportedly dropped by the Coalition in April 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 Howeija Al Sawaki, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Dec 28, 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. (1290)

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For April 5th-6th, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIS vehicle.”
For April 6th-7th, the Coalition reported: "Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; and destroyed four fighting positions and a tactical vehicle."

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]