Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS999

Incident date

June 15, 2017

Location

نزلة شحادة, Nazlat Shahada, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.951921, 39.022304 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Three adult brothers died and at least one was injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike between the area of the two bridges in Raqqa, according to local media.

Multiple sources named two brothers as killed in the Coalition raid while Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently named an additional third victim.

A joint Amnesty and Airwars’s report from April 2019 “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality” reports the death of the three brothers after speaking to eyewitnesses on the ground. Samia, sister to the killed brothers, told Amnesty’s researchers that the strike hit around 6 am, killing Mohannad and Mohammed as they were still asleep. Samia said that the third victim, Sami, was with their mother, who sustained very serious injuries all over her head and body.

It should, however, be noted that sources, besides from Amnesty/Airwars’ research reported different surnames for the three brothers.

Sharqiya Voice reported that “Mohamed Omar Hamdan and his brother Mohannad Omar Hamdan” were killed, and published a photo depicting the same two brothers that Amnesty and Airwars reported.

Moreover, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported the death of a “Sami Mohammed “Al Haj Hassan” and published the same photo of Sami as Amnesty’s researchers.

Because of the field research made by Amnesty’s researchers, the Amnesty/Airwars’ reported names are the ones that will be used.

The incident occured at 6:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Two of the victim brothers, Mohamed and Mohannad, killed in an alleged Coalition strike on Raqqa, June 15th (via Sharqiya Voice)
  • Sami al-Sheikh, victim of the alleged Coalition strikes targeting the area of the two bridges in Raqqa (via Amnesty/Airwars)
  • Mohammad Omar al-Sheikh, victim of the alleged Coalition strikes targeting the area of the two bridges in Raqqa (via Amnesty/Airwars)
  • Mohannad Omar al-Sheikh, victim of the alleged Coalition strikes targeting the area of the two bridges in Raqqa (via Amnesty/Airwars)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

  • Before the attack.

  • After the attack.

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 Between two bridges, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SEV000761
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Sep 27, 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 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.”

For June 15th-16th the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged 14 ISIS tactical units and a sniper and destroyed nine fighting positions, four vehicles, three mortar systems, two supply caches, two ISIS headquarters, a heavy machine gun, and a home-made explosives factory.” It also additionally reported that “On June 15, near Raqqah, Syria, six strikes destroyed eight fighting positions, an ISIS headquarters, and a tunnel, and suppressed two snipers.” And that “On June 15, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed six fighting positions, five ISIS staging areas, two command and control nodes, an ISIS headquarters, and a supply cache, and damaged 10 fighting positions and two VBIED facilities.”

France
  • English
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    Original

or June 14th-20th, 19 strikes were made by French aircraft in Iraq and Syria. Most of them were carried out during the Battle of Mosul, in support of the Iraqi fighters engaged in the fighting to drive ISIL out of its positions in the North of the Medina. The other strikes were carried out in support of the fighting for the capture of Raqqah, and against flows of arms and fighters in Iraq and Syria.

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 34 sorties aériennes dont 31 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS) et 3 de recueil de renseignements. 19 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie. La majeure partie d’entre elle ont été réalisées dans le cadre de la bataille de Mossoul, en appui des combattants irakiens engagés dans les combats pour chasser Daech de ses positions au Nord de la Médina. Les autres frappes ont été réalisées en appui des combats pour la prise de Raqqah, et contre des flux d’armes et de combattants en Irak et en Syrie.

United Kingdom
  • English
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    Original

Thursday 15 June – A Reaper destroyed a terrorist vehicle in eastern Syria. Typhoons struck three targets in Raqqa, while Tornados and Typhoons hit a mortar near Tal Afar and six targets in Mosul…The following day [June 15th], a Reaper remotely piloted aircraft conducted armed reconnaissance in eastern Syria, some 35 miles north-east of Dayr az Zawr, and used a Hellfire missile to destroy a terrorist truck. Two Typhoons also struck three Daesh positions in Raqqa in support of the offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]