Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS779

Incident date

May 7, 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

Between 20 and 40 civilians including eight children and four women died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the Al Awwal and Al Thaleth neighbourhood of Al Tabaqa, according to local media.

All sources attributed the incident to the Coalition, though there was some uncertainly on the date of the incident with a number of sources sources reporting deaths on May 12th from an incident that reportedly occurred “a few days ago”.

Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently, blaming the Coalition, put the death toll as high as 30. According to a report on May 13th, “a lot of buildings in the second and third neighborhoods have been completely destroyed, some of them still under the ruins of the population, especially in the third district where the number of martyrs is estimated at 40 civilian martyrs, not to mention the destruction of infrastructure.”

The article went on to claim that Kurdish forces “have imposed a curfew in the city, especially in the neighborhoods they have recently controlled. They are now transporting many bodies from houses and rubble and burying them away from the eyes of the media and cameras to say that there are no civilian casualties. The militias also moved the people who were present In neighborhoods to the village area.”

The journalist Mohab Nasser produced reports on May 12th, naming casualties which he said had been the result of a Coalition strike “a few days ago”. Airwars reached out to him to confirm the date of the incident and he told our researchers that “on On 7/5/2017 a warplane belonging to the Coalition attacked a 4-storey residential building in the third district, which led to the destruction of the building and the martyrdom of a number of residents, including three families. He named victims as:

Alo Hatem Jubran, 78 years

Safia Yassin, 77 years [female]

Ibrahim Alo Jubran, 41 years

Batoul Al-Sayed, 35 years [female]

Mohammed Ibrahim Jubran, 8 years

Fatima Ibrahim Jubran, 6 years

Maria Ibrahim Jubran, 1 year

Najah Musa Al-Abeisan, 18 years

Mohammed Ali Al-Aoran

Firas Bakir, 38 years

Wife of Firas Bakir

Mohamed Abdo Manan – also named in a previous event on May 12th in Tabaqa’s Third neighbourhood (listed below)

Salam Rasho, wife of Mohamed Abdo Manan – also named in a previous event on May 12th in Tabaqa’s Third neighbourhood (listed below)

The child Mohammed Abdo – also named in a previous event on May 12th in Tabaqa’s Third neighbourhood (listed below)

Khalil Ibrahim Jubran, 10 years

Abu Mustafa Al – Issa, 8 years

Ahmed Mustafa Al-Eissa, 7 years

Zakaria Mustafa Al – Issa, 14 years

Ziad Abdul Ghani Mullah Hashim, 43 years

He added that more victims were being found every day. Four further victims were named as:

Mohamed Hassan Awad

Mustapha Abdul Kafi al-Hussein

Mustafa Hussein

Khaled Areeb

Mohammad Haddad

RFS reported on May 14th the death of seven people – including women and children – from the Gebran family, in a Coalition strike which occurred “a few days ago”.

RBSS named further victims as:

George Bashoura

Abu Hassan al Ahdab – and his wife and two children

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 40
  • (10 children5 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 (44) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Abi Zakariya al Issa, eight-years-old, died in an alleged Coalition raid on Tabaqa's Thurd neighbourhood on May 7th, according to Mohab Nasser.

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
    a:1:{i:0;s:24:"insufficient_information";}
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Tabqah, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jan 25, 2018
  • The report contains insufficient information of the time location and details to assess its credibility.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For May 6th-7th, the Coalition reported: “Near Tabqah, nine strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two tactical vehicles, a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 40
  • (10 children5 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 (44) [ collapse]