Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS670

Incident date

April 7, 2017

Location

هنيدة, Hunaida, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.83234, 38.69938 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to 21 civilians died and dozens more were wounded in an alleged Coalition airstrike on an internet cafe in Huneida, according to multiple local media.

All sources pointed towards the Coalition. Death counts varied but were in the range of 12-15 or more, with Almadenah putting the figure as high as 17. @infoctma said that “US Coalition planes” were responsible.

The Violations Documentation Center named 15 victims from Sukhna in Homs killed in an alleged Coalition strike on an internet cafe in Hunaida. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently named additional additional victims.

In its June report the Coalition denied responsibility: “24. April 7, 2017, near Hunaydah, Syria, via social media: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”

No other parties have been suggested as responsible for this action – and Airwars presently continues to determine this to be a likely Coalition event, though is seeking additional information.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Abdulbaset Mouhammad Adult male killed
  • Ahmad Ibraheem Mouhammad Adult male killed
  • Son of Ibraheem Mouhammad Adult male killed
  • Son of Abd Mouhammad Adult male killed

Family members (4)

  • Fawaz Mheimid al-Aani Adult male killed
  • Hamoud Mheimid al-Aani Adult male killed
  • Son of Mouhammad al-Aani 1 Adult male killed
  • Son of Mouhammad al-Aani 2 Adult male killed

Family members (2)

  • Son of Abdulrazak al-Share’a 1 Adult male killed
  • Son of Abdulrazak al-Share’a 2 Adult male killed

Family members (2)

  • Hussein Aboud Shara Child male killed
  • Osman Aboud Shara Child male killed

Family members (3)

  • Ali Mohammed Sheikh Adult male killed
  • Wife of Ali Mohammed Sheikh Adult male killed
  • Son of Ali Mohammed Sheikh Child male killed
  • Majd al-Yaseen Adult male killed
  • Son of Yaseen Hweidi Adult male killed
  • Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Mohammed Al-Alawi Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18 – 21
  • (4 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–24
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Mohammed Al-Alawi, who was alleged killed in an Coalition airstrike on April 7th 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 Hunaida, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    1 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV7284665401
    Military Grid Reference System

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. (1295)

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

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.”
For April 7th-8th, the Coalition did not report any airstrikes near Ar Raqqah.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18 – 21
  • (4 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–24
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]