Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS723

Incident date

April 24, 2017

Location

الثورة‎, Tabaqah, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to eighteen civilians including nine children and three women died in alleged Coalition airstrikes in Tabaqa, according to multiple local sources.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported that “the family of Ali Abu Aish was killed after they were targeted by a coalition plane with machine gun fire while they were trying to leave Al Tabaqa.” The group later said that as many as 17 civilians were killed, reporting that they died “as a result of the targeting by international coalition aircraft of civilian cars as the cars tried to get out of the city of Al Tabaqa which is besieged by the Kurdish militias.”

Step News Agency was among other sources attributing the incident to the Coalition. It said that the death toll had risen to 11. According to Al Jazeera, which also put the death toll at 11 including eight from one family, the Coalition carried out a raid “near the School of Industry” while another strike “targeted a car of a family trying to flee the city.” Syrian Press Center and Qasioun put the death toll as high as 18.

RBSS named 17 victims.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Abd al Salam Ali Abu al Aish 6 months years old killed
  • Ali Abd al Salam Abu al Aish 3 years old killed
  • Mounir Ali Abu al Aish 5 years old killed
  • Wafaa Abu al Aish 15 years old killed
  • A’rifa Abu al Aish 23 years old killed
  • Khawla Abu al Aish 40 years old killed

Family members (3)

  • Riham Abd al Aziz 23 years old killed
  • Hiba Abdel Aziz 9 years old killed
  • Mohammad Khaled Abdel Aziz 9 months years old male killed

Family members (3)

  • Radwan Haj Hammoud Age unknown male
  • The wife of Radwan Haj Hammoud Age unknown female killed
  • The daughter in law of Radwan Haj Hammoud female
  • Mo’awiya al Zalam 2 years old killed
  • Fatima Karsouh 41 years old killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    17 – 18
  • (9 children3–4 women)
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Abd al Salam and Ali Abu Aish killed with their entire family when an alleged Coalition airstrike hit their car in Tabaqa, April 24th (via RBSS)
  • Two men stand amongst the rubble in Tabaqah, one holds the body of a civilian child in his arms. the imapct of alleged Coalition strikes on Tabaqah, April 24th (via Alaraby)
  • Mounir Ali Abu Al Aish, aged 5, allegedly killed with his mother and his siblings in Coalition airstrikes on Tabaqah, April 24th (via Euphrates Post)
  • Smoke plumes above Tabaqah following an alleged Coalition strike, April 24th (via Al Raqqa Truth)
  • Radwan Haj Hammoud, killed in alleged Coalition strikes on Tabaqah, April 24th (via RBSS)
  • Smoke plumes above Tabaqah following an alleged Coalition strike, April 24th (via Al Raqqa Truth)
  • Smoke plumes above Tabaqah following an alleged Coalition strike, April 24th (via Al Raqqa Truth)
  • Mohammad Khaled Abdel Aziz, 9 months old, died in alleged Coalition strikes in Tabaqah, April 24th (via Al Raqqah Truth)

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 Tabqah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    1 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV5945266032
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Aug 4, 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.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For April 23rd-24th, the Coalition reported: “Near Tabqah, 12 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, one tactical vehicle, one ISIS vehicle, one heavy machine gun, and a command and control node.”

For April 24th-25th, the Coalition reported: “Near Tabqah, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed three ISIS command and control nodes, a fighting position, and a heavy machine gun; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    17 – 18
  • (9 children3–4 women)
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]