Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS2393

Incident date

August 19, 2017

Location

ابو شهري, Abo Shahri, Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.751769, 39.61639 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between five and seven civilians from one family were killed, including three women and three children, following airstrikes on Abo Shahri. Sources all blamed Russian warplanes for the raids, except the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who blamed Russian and Syrian regime shelling. There were no reports of any injured civilians.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “seven civilians from the same family, including three children and three women [were] killed by suspected Russian warplanes missiles fired near car driving civilians in Abo Shari village in Raqqa governorate eastern suburbs, August 19.”

Shahed_Alep however tweeted that “five civilian [were] martyred” and others were wounded “as a result of Russian aircraft targeting their vehicle on the road in the countryside of eastern Raqqa.”

Syrian Human Rights Committee named two civilians, but said that they were killed on the 14th. Airwars assesses this is likely incorrect as there were no strikes reported on the vicinity on the 14th, and the two civilians were from the same family, so likelihood is they were killed on the 19th.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (3 children3 women)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any specific strikes between August 1st - 31st 2017.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (3 children3 women)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]