Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS937

Incident date

June 8, 2017

Location

مزرعة القحطانية, Mazra'at al Kahtaniyah, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.988333, 38.924444 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were killed in Mazra’at al Kahtaniya village, according to local media – though sources are conflicted as to whether this was the result of a Coalition airstrike or a land mine.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “Ali al Omar al Rwayjeh, from Raqqa city, died along with his brother Yousef in International Coalition warplanes missiles fired on Mazra’et al Qahtaniya village in Raqqa governorate northern suburbs on June 8, 2017″.

Al Ragga Truth reported that Ali Saleh al Rwayjeh and Yusuf Omar al Rwayjeh (both from Mazra’at al Qahtaniya) were killed in a “mine explosion”. Soheb1800 also blamed a land mine for their deaths.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ali al Omar al Rwayjeh Age unknown male killed
  • Yousef Age unknown male brother of Ali al Omar al Rwayjeh killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Ali al Omar al Rwayjeh, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on Mazra’at al Kahtaniya village, June 8th, according to 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 Mazra’at al Kahtaniyah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV930826
    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 7th-8th: “Near Raqqah, 22 strikes engaged 16 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, three vehicles, two ISIS staging areas, an ISIS excavator, an ISIS weapons cache, and an ISIS training camp.” It also added that “On June 7, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed six fighting positions and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.” And that “On June 7, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed an ISIS minefield.”
For June 8th-9th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, three vehicles and a mortar system.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Sources (3) [ collapse]