Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS983

Incident date

June 14, 2017

Location

العجيلي/السبع دربات, Ar Raqqah: A'jili/Sabi Darbat neighbourhood, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.9425747, 39.0252399 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

A family of three civilians, including one woman, were killed and several more were injured in artillery fire allegedly carried out by the US-backed, Kurdish-led SDF militia in the Al A’jili neighbourhood of Raqqa, according to local sources. However, only the Coalition was using artillery in the city in this period.

The Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office said that it expects the death toll to be higher reporting that “a number of civilians were killed” after “dozens of shells” fell on Al A’jili neighbourhood, Al Mansour Street, the area surrounding the Cultural Centre, the Grand Mosque, the police station and the Pullman garage.

The majority of sources reported that the SDF militia or that the Coalition was responsible.

Additional possible casualties were reported at al Mathaf and al Jazra by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered, though it has not been possible to determine numbers.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Abdul Latif Saleh al Balibel, Adult male killed
  • Rami Abdul Latif Saleh al Balibel Age unknown male son of Abdul Latif Saleh al Balibel, killed
  • Wife of Maher Abdul Latif Saleh al Balibel. Age unknown female wife of Abdul Latif Saleh al Balibel's son Maher killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Abdul Latif Saleh al Balibel (image likely taken from Al Amaq propaganda video)
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    Alleged Coalition strikes have caused several civilian casualties and wounded in the neighbourhoods of al Jazra, al Mathaf, al A’jili in Raqqa. The source does not specify which area of the above this picture is from (via RBSS)
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    Alleged Coalition strikes have caused several civilian casualties and wounded in the neighborhoods of al Jazra, al Mathaf, al A’jili in Raqqa. The source does not specify which area of the above this picture is from (via RBSS)
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    Alleged Coalition strikes have caused several civilian casualties and wounded in the neighborhoods of al Jazra, al Mathaf, al A’jili in Raqqa. The source does not specify which area of the above this picture is from (via RBSS)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Alleged Coalition strikes have caused several civilian casualties and wounded in the neighborhoods of al Jazra, al Mathaf, al A’jili in Raqqa. The source does not specify which area of the above this picture is from (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 Al A’jli, Syria
    Nearest population center

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Feb 22, 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 13th-14th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged 14 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 12 fighting positions, five vehicles, five ISIS boats, two VBIEDs, a recoilless rifle, a command and control node, and a tunnel; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.” It additionally reported that “On June 13, near Raqqah, Syria, 10 strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and a sniper and destroyed a fighting position, a tunnel, an ISIS headquarters, a weapons cache, a vehicle, and a VBIED.”

For June 14th-15th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 11 strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units; destroyed nine fighting positions, three ISIS boats, and a vehicle; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.”

France
  • English
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    Original

June 15th 2017, the French MoD reported "in the past week, France reports his 31 sorties, 28 of which were Armed Reconnaissance or Ground Support (CAS) and 3 were intelligence gathering. Two strikes were conducted by French planes in Iraq and Syria, one in the west of Raqqah city, and the other in the Al Qaim region, both against ISIL fighters. Task Force Wagram carried out 80 artillery strikes in Mosul."

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 31 sorties aériennes dont 28 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS) et 3 de recueil de renseignements. 2 frappes ont été conduites par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie, l’une à l’Ouest de la ville de Raqqah, et l’autre dans la région d’Al Qaim, toutes deux contre des combattants de Daech.’

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 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 (18) [ collapse]