Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS285

Incident date

December 17, 2015

Location

الرقة‎, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.949949, 39.007363 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

21 civilians were killed including two women and four children and 11 wounded in airstrikes on residential neighbourhoods in the centre and north and south of the city of Raqqa, according to multiple sources –  though it is unclear whether regime or Russian warplanes or shelling by the Assad regime were responsible for the casualties.

According to the IS news agency Al A’maq, Russian raids targeted a residential neighbourhood in the north of the city and also targeted the abandoned former Islamic Court building near the old bridge south of the city and the firefighting and rescue building.

The Shaam News Network also quoted the Al A’maq coverage.

Al Raqqa is Being Slaughtered silently also reported on the incident, listing the dead and adding that Russian raids after midnight targeted the finance building (leading to its total destruction), the train station (also completely destroying it) and burning out three fire fighting cars. They stated that six members of the fire fighting team were amongst those killed, while an entire family also died when their house was struck.

But the Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the Assad regime for the shelling, which they said killed 12 civilians including two women and four children.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Mohammad Abdullah al Ali Adult male named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • His daughter Wala’a Al Ali Child female named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • His son Hassan al Ali Child male named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • His son Mohannad Al Ali Child male named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • His son Fadi Al Ali Child male named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • His wife Wissal Al Hajji Adult female named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed

Family members (4)

  • Nasser Ibrahim Al Abd Adult male named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • Wife of Nasser Ibrahim Al Abd Adult female named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • Daughter 1 of Nasser Ibrahim Al Abd Child female named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • Daughter 2 of Nasser Ibrahim Al Abd Child female named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • Omar Ibn Ibrahim Al Hajj Ahmad Al Saeed Age unknown male named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • Ismail Al Hamdi Age unknown male from Al Suwaida village, named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed
  • Maher al Abid Al Hajji Adult male a fireman from from the Al Assadiya farm area, named by Al Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    21
  • (4 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (14) [ collapse]

  • The martyred family of Mohammad Abdallah Al Ali, killed in alleged Russian raid on their house in Raqqa, December 17th. (via, Al Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently)
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    Graphic image of a deceased male adult and a child. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
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    A graphic image of a deceased male. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
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    A graphic image of a deceased male who appears to be burnt. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
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    A graphic image of a decapitated deceased male. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • A hole in the ground formed by an airstrike. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • The underside of a hole. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • Some damaged infrastructure. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • A child's bike buried under the rubble. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • Some more damaged infrastructure in Raqqa. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • Civilians amongst the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged contested airstrike. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • Damaged vehicles in the aftermath of an airstrike in Raqqa. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • Entire roads have been uprooted by airstrikes in the neighbourhood. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)
  • Maher al Abid Al Hajji, a fireman killed by alleged Russian and Syrian Regime airstrikes. (via, Al Raqqa is being slaughtered silently)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

No Russian reports were published for December 16th-18th 2016.

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
    21
  • (4 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]