Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS952

Incident date

June 9, 2017

Location

الصناعة, Ar Raqqah: Sina'a neighbourhood (Mukhtalata, unknown location), Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.947746, 39.032995 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Eight civilians including four children and two women died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the al Mukhtalata area in Raqqa’a al Sina’a neighbourhood, local media reported.

According to the Syrian Press Center, “Coalition forces continue to commit the worst massacres against civilians in the city of Raqqa, under the pretext of eliminating terrorism. A massacre that killed eight martyrs and many wounded were carried out after targeting a mixed area with several air strikes. The International Alliance aircraft committed a massacre, two days ago, in Al Mukhtalata area in the industrial district in the city of Raqqa, which led to the deaths of 8 civilians, including four children and a woman.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, who also blamed the Coalition, put the death toll at eight, including four children and two women.

Multiple sources – all attributing the event to the Coalition – named eight victims. 

The Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality” reported that an entire family of eight were killed when their family home was hit. On the ground field research reported that Najma, sister of Faddawi and his daughter Najahm, says strike was 15th. However, Ramadhan but says it was Thursday at 9pm. She was at her cousin’s across the road.

Najma’s testimony stated “We were together and then I went to my cousins’ house across the road and my brother’s house was bombed and they were all killed. Why did they kill innocent people?”

In their monthly civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition has indicated that the credibility of this civilian harm allegation is in the process of being assessed.

The incident occured at 9:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

  • Eidah Mohammed Rahil Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (4 children2 women2 men)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • Aida Mohammed, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 9th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Faddawi Majim Al-Naser & wife Aida Mohammed, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 9th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Faddawi Majim Al-Nasser, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 9th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Hisham Al Nasser, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 9th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mahmoud Majim Al Nasser, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 9th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Nour Al Nasser, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 9th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Reem Al Nasser, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 9th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mahmoud Majim Al Nasser with his three children Hisham, Nour & Reem, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 9th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Victims house. (via Amnesty)
  • Victims house. (via Amnesty)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

A building was struck at 35.947746, 39.032995. According to Amnesty research it was the family home of said victims.

  • Before strike. (via Amnesty)

  • After strike. (via Amnesty)

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 evidence of civilian harm
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • Stated location
    near Raqqah, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 26, 2018
  • After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For June 9th-10th: “Near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged 12 ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, four vehicles, three ISIS headquarters, a VBIED, and an ISIS-held building; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.“ It additionally added that “On June 9, near Raqqah, Syria, nine strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, two VBIEDs, two weapons caches, and an ISIS staging area.”

United Kingdom
  • English
    /
    Original

Friday 9 June – Tornados struck a Daesh position in eastern Raqqa…On Friday 9 June, Tornados struck a Daesh position in eastern Raqqa.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (4 children2 women2 men)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]