Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS782 RS2218

Incident date

May 8, 2017

Location

دبسي عفنان, Dibsi Afnan, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.8175348, 38.2162857 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Two adult male civilians died – as well as one additional child casualty – and up to a dozen or more were wounded in an airstrike on the village of Dibsi Afnan, according to local media. Most sources blame Russia, while some alleged that the regime was responsible – though more than three commentators also claimed that the Coalition carried out the attack.

@SourrNews reporred that one of the civilians killed was a displaced person. 

The two men were named by Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently as victims of Russian raids. However, in the comment section of the post, people claim that Russia was not responsible and that the strike was by the international US led Coalition. The Shaam News Network, which put the death toll at two, also attributed the event to the Coalition.

Mohab Nasser mentioned that an eight year old child was also killed.

According to the Step News Agency, “three children and a woman were injured lightly in Russian raids using cluster bombs on the edges of Dibsi Faraj west of al Tabaqa in the Raqqa countryside.” Since this is a village nearby, it could indicate that Russia was operating in the area. Al Raqqa Truth blamed Russia for the Dibsi Afnan event.

However, Ahmad al Shibli and Mohab Nasser said that the regime was responsible for the two men’s deaths. Al A’maq also blamed the regime, while Mohab Nasser published graphic images from the A’maq video which he said depicted casualties and destruction caused by regime barrel bombs.

Sources described that cluster bombs, barrel bombs and vacuum missiles were used in the strikes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Abdallah al Ibrahim al Jarrah Age unknown male killed
  • Abdallah al Ali al Mahmoud Age unknown male killed
  • Abu Zakaria Al-Issa 8 years old male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

  • Abdallah al Ibrahim al Jarrah, killed in an airstrike on Dibsi Afnan, May 9th (via Al Ragga truth, who blamed Russia)
  • An explosion on the streets on Tabaqah following suspected Coalition or Russian attacks, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A burnt out vehicle in Tabaqah, the impact of alleged Coaltion or Russian strikes, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive
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    A video still of injured civilians in Tabaqah reveals the human cost of alleged Coalition or Russian airstrikes, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive
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    A video still of injured civilians in Tabaqah reveals the human cost of alleged Coalition or Russian airstrikes, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
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    A civilian child is treated for injuries sustained in alleged Coalition or Russian attacks on Tabaqah, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
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    Local people tend to the injured in Tabaqah, the impact of alleged Russian or Coalition shelling, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
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    A civilian killed in alleged Coalition or Russian attacks on Tabaqah lies face down in the street, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A local man reports on the aftermath of alleged airstrikes on Tabaqah, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
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    A civilian male lays eith injured or dead on the floor following alleged airstrikes on Tabaqah, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
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    A small child rests after sustaining injuries in alleged airstrikes on Tabaqah, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
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    A civilian is treated for injuries of the foot following suspecte Russian or Coalition airstrikes on Tabaqah, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A civilian laid in bed, wrapped in blankets, following the alleged Russian or Coalition airstrikes on Tabaqah, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • Vehicles on the street in Tabaqah - the material impact of alleged Russian or Coalition strikes, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
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    Further images of injuries in Tabaqah following the suspected Russian or Coalition airstrikes carried out May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A street full of rubble in Tabaqah shows the material cost of alleged airstrikes, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • The photograph shows a helicopter in a cloudy sky above Tabaqah, May 8th (via Mohab Nasser) [Originally A'maq video - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • Abu Zakaria Al-Issa, killed in an airstrike on Dibsi Afnan, May 9th 2017. (via 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
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Dibsi Afnan, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV291638
    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 May 7th-8th, the Coalition reported: “Near Tabqah, 15 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight fighting positions and a vehicle.” It later added that “Additionally, two strikes were conducted in Syria on May 7th that closed within the last 24 hours. Near Tabqah, Syria, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position.”
For May 8th-9th it stated: “Near Tabqah, eight strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed five fighting positions.” It later added that “Additionally, four strikes were conducted in Syria on May 8 that closed within the last 24 hours. Near Tabqah, Syria, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a fighting position and a mortar system; and damaged an ISIS supply route.”

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    US-led Coalition, Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Sources (31) [ collapse]