Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS715

Incident date

April 22, 2017

Location

الثورة‎, Tabaqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.8295049, 38.5360909 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

The Smart News Agency reported that a likely Coalition strike “targeted an ambulance while it was heading to the National Hospital in Al Tabaqa, resulting in the death of the patient who was being transported, two nurses and the driver.”

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least five civilians died in what was believed to be a Coalition raid.

The incident was first reported on April 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm by Smart News Agency.


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Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • Suspected attacker

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Al Tabaqa (الطبقة‎, also known as Al Thawra, الثورة‎), for which the coordinates are: 35.8295049, 38.5360909.

CJTF–OIR Declassified Assessment and Press Release

Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.

Declassified Assessment Press Release


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Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
  • 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 Tabqah, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

  • 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. (1357)

Original strike reports

For April 21st-22nd: “Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions, an ISIS vehicle and a command and control node.”

For April 22nd-23rd: “Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions and two IEDs.”


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  • English
    /
    Original

‘Sunday 23 April – Typhoons destroyed an armed truck south-west of Tabqah in Syria, while Tornados bombed a Daesh position in western Mosul…On Sunday 23 April, Typhoons assisted the SDF, destroying an armed truck near Tabqah, west of Raqqa. In western Mosul, a Daesh-held building was struck by a Paveway IV, released by a Tornado flight, after Iraqi troops came under fire from the building.’


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Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • Suspected attacker

Sources (2) [ collapse]