Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS673

Incident date

April 8, 2017

Location

شعيب الذكر, Sho'aib Al Zakir, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.800735, 38.267642 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to 40 civilians including a woman and her six children died after their boat sank while it was crossing the Euphrates River near Sho’aib Al-Zikir. While most local sources blamed the UIS-led Coalition, one news organisation said the boat had instead capsized because there were too many people onboard.

The Smart News Network reported: Another local source said 11 bodies of civilians, including children and women, were found on the banks of the Euphrates River near the village of Shu’ayb al-Dhakr west of the town of Al-Talba, without knowing the main cause of deaths. The activists said that the Coalition likely targeted a boat they were using in the Euphrates River.”

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently produced several reports on Twitter. It said that the boat was carrying 40 civilians who were attempting to escape from an ISIL-controlled area to an SDF controlled area. At least seven people died, it reported, including a mother and her six daughters.

However, Euphrates Post reported that the boat was not attacked by either the Coalition or Daesh but that it had capsized because it was overcrowded.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 40
  • (6 children1–7 women)
  • 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]

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
    Sho’aib Al Zakir, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV314604
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jan 25, 2018
  • 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 April 8th-9th, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, and destroyed a fighting position and tactical vehicle.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 40
  • (6 children1–7 women)
  • 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]