Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS919

Incident date

June 4, 2017

Location

الرقة‎, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9505639, 39.0094148 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians died when the Coalition allegedly struck their vehicle as they attempted to escape from Raqqa towards Hitteen Farms, according to local media.

According to Syrian Mirror, “The aircraft of the International Alliance launched air raids on the neighborhoods of the city of Raqqa, which is under the control of the state organisation [IS], one of which targeted a car carrying the civilian family of Bassam Al-Khattab out of the city, resulting in the deaths of all of them.”

The Smart News Agency said “activists reported that a whole family was killed by a possible coalition raid on their car while attempting to flee the city.” The Syrian Network for Human Rights was alone in reporting that the incident occurred on June 4th.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Bassam al Khattab Adult male killed
  • Wife of Bassam al Khattab Adult female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Bassam Alawi al Khattab, killed with his wife, when the Coalition allegedly struck their car as they attempted to flee Raqqa on June 4th or 5th 2017. (via SN4HR)

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 Raqqah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SEV007787
    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 June 4th-5th the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions and five vehicles.” In addition it reported for June 4th that “Near Raqqah, Syria, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed 49 boats, five fighting positions, three anti-air artillery systems, two tactical vehicles and two ISIS staging areas.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]