Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS874

Incident date

May 27, 2017

Location

الرقة‎, Multiple neighbourhoods, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.953861, 39.005409 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Thirteen named civilians including two children died in airstrikes and/or artillery shelling across multiple locations in Raqqa, according to local sources – though reports blamed both Coalition airstrikes and shelling by the SDF.

Al Raqqa Truth reported that 78 shells were dropped on the city while planes circled the skies. It added that Kurdish units positioned in the sugar factory targeted the area with artillery fire. The following locations were said to be have been struck.

Moua’wiya school

The automatic bakery area

Al Tousa’iya area west of the city

The barraks neighborhood

Rasheed Primary School

Al Diyafa Palace

Al Qouwatli road

Al-Moataz Street area next to Al-Hini Mosque

Area near the Directorate of Electricity

Area near the College of Education

Rumaila neighborhood,

February 23 Street

The Old Garage

The surroundings of the Faculty of Arts

The Silos roundabout

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently listed the following additional locations:

Engineers Syndicate

Al Karnak Tourist Hotel

Governor Palace

The Security quarter

House of police chief

Mohab Naser reported “air and artillery shelling by the coalition planes and SDF artillery targeting several neighbourhoods of the city”. He put the death toll at 10 with 20 more wounded. Masrawy also pointed to SDF artillery. According to the Smart News Network, “artillery of the US forces stationed in the north of the city, targeted neighborhoods with dozens of missiles and warplanes launched raids killing a civilian and wounding 17 others.”

Other sources, including the Syrian Network for Human Rights, attributed strikes to the Coalition – reporting five raids on different locations.

In its December 2017 civilian casualty report, the Coalition confirmed that “During a Coalition strike which destroyed an ISIS headquarters building it was assessed the three civilians were unintentionally killed.” However officials have refused to provide co-ordinates for the event, meaning that we cannot presently determine whether this was incident S763; S765; S766; S767; S768 or perhaps a new event.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Faisal Nasser Al-Sheikh Issa Al Mabrouk killed
  • Nidal Nasser Al-Sheikh Issa Al-Mabrouk killed

Family members (2)

  • Ahmad Al-Tamash killed
  • Daughter of Ahmed Al Tamash female killed

Family members (2)

  • Hussein Obaid Al-Dandal killed
  • Mohammed Ahmed Al-Dandal killed

Family members (3)

  • Ismail Abrahima Al-Shaleel killed
  • Khaled Ismail Al – Shaleel killed
  • Mohamed Ismail All – Shaleel killed
  • Mazen Khalil Al-Hassouni 8 years old killed
  • Muhannad Nasser Al-Hammadi Age unknown killed
  • Mohamamd al Sabti Adult Young man displaced from Palmyra killed
  • Abdo Al-Taki Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 13
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–20
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Mazen Khalil al-Husuni, killed in a raid on Raqqa, May 27th (via RBSS)
  • Mohamamd al Sabti killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa on November 27th 2017 (via Palmyra media centre Facebook page, posted on November 28th, 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
    Insufficient information on the time and location
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Raqqah, 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 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.“
For May 27th-28th, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, 15 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, three ISIS headquarters, an ISIS staging area and a VBIED." For May 27th it added that "Near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a six fighting positions, an ISIS-held building and a weapons cache."

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 13
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–20
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]