Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS868

Incident date

May 26, 2017

Location

الطريق بين الرقة و دير الزور, Ar Raqqah - Al Mansoura road, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.958794, 38.829756 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Street

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians were killed in a Coalition strike along the road between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, according to local reports.

Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered reported the death of a man along with two others “following a Coalition raid on the main road between Raqqa and al Mansoura.”

Radiokull reported a higher figure of 5 killed along the road, but did not identify any of them.

The Syrian Observatory meanwhile reported only the death of one man along the roadway, but also blamed the Coalition. Other accounts put the death toll at 2, including a report posted by Tabaqa Media Center which identified a second victim.

In April 2019 the Coalition announced that it had classed this allegation of civilian harm as non-credible, noting: “After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Bassel Sheikh al Wawi Adult male also called al Theeb killed
  • Mohammed al-Sharida. Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 5
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Basel Sheikh al Theeb, alleged killed in Coalition forces shelling on Abu Qbea’ village in Raqqa on May 26th 2017 (via SN4HR on May 26th, 2017).

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
    Other
  • Stated location
    near road between Raqqah and al-Mansoura, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV823730
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Apr 25, 2019
  • May 26, 2017, near road between Raqqah and al-Mansoura, Syria, via Airwars report. After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For May 25th-26th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three vehicles, a tactical vehicle, and a mortar system” and “Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed seven ISIS oil trucks, four ISIS barges, an ISIS well head, a command and control node, and an ISIS headquarters.”
For May 26th-27th, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged 11 ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven vehicles, five fighting positions, three tunnels, an ISIS headquarters and an ISIS staging area."

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 5
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]