Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS902

Incident date

June 2, 2017

Location

سويدية, Sweiyda, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.7517, 39.616 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One woman and her child died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Swaydya village, according to local sources.

Reports said that the Coalition struck Hussein al-Harfi’s house, killing his wife and his child, the girl.

Hasaka Rasd reported that “The International Alliance aircraft targeted the house of “Hussein Al-Harfi” in the village of Suweida Rural Ma’dan, resulting in the martyrdom of his wife and a small girl and the rest of the family in a critical situation”.

Smart News put the death toll at three: “Three civilians, including a woman and her child, were killed by a bombardment by warplanes in the village of Suwayda, located in the town of Ma’dan (about 61 km east of Raqqa).”

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Coalition planes “fired near a school in Al Sweda village killing a girl and her mother and partially damaging the building”.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Wife of Hussein al-Harfi Adult female killed
  • Daughter of of Hussein al-Harfi Child female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an alleged Coalition raid on Swaydya, June 2nd (via RBSS)
  • Pictures showing destruction in Suweida after an alleged Coalition airstrike (via RBSS).

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 Sweiyda, Syria
    Nearest population center

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 June 1st-June 2nd, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed five vehicles, three fighting positions, a front end loader and an ISIS crane.” It also later added that on June 1st “Near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed 17 fighting positions, an ISIS headquarters, an ISIS-held building, and an IED.”
For June 2nd-June 3rd, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, 10 strikes [1 British] engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 vehicles, five fighting positions, four tactical vehicles, two VBIEDs and an ammunition cache." For June 2nd, the Coalition added: "Near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions."

United Kingdom
  • English
    /
    Original

"Friday 2 June – Tornados and Typhoons destroyed an armoured truck near Raqqa, and attacked eight targets in Mosul…A mixed Tornado and Typhoon pair used a Brimstone to destroy an armoured truck moving along a main road on the outskirts of Raqqa on Friday 2 June. Two other flights operated over Mosul, where attacks were delivered in very close support to the Iraqi forces, hitting eight Daesh positions with a mix of Brimstones and Paveway IVs. The targets included three machine-gun teams and three groups of terrorists armed with rocket-propelled grenades. In addition, a truck-bomb, concealed close to one of the positions, was also fortuitously detonated by one of the attacks."

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]