Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS910

Incident date

June 17, 2016

Location

الثورة‎, Al-Thawrah (Tabaqah), Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.8295049, 38.5360909 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Multiple sources reported Russian warplanes carried out strikes in the region of Ar Raqqah and Al Tabaqa, reportedly killing 13 or more people and injuring up to 20. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently identifed eight locations:

Near the al Hamza mosque

Near the al Rahma mosque

The first neighbourhood at the entrance of al Bahira Garden

Al Manghiya street

Al Zweikat neighbourhood

Near al Nour mosque

The old gas station, al Gaz Hill

Al Kasara neighbourhood

Activists cited in a report by SNN said that three people had been targeted and killed whilst in a vehicle on a street near Al Mansoura town. The streets of Al Wasat and Al Maghniya also came under ‘heavy bombardment’, according to the report and strikes in these locations resulted in the deaths of six civilians, including women and children and ‘dozens wounded’.

The SNN report outlines how the conflict was unfolding in Tabaqa, an IS controlled area. According to the report, the regime was trying hard to get to Tabaqa through Ithriya road, where significant battles were taking place. The report alleged that Russian warplanes were responsible for airstrikes whilst the regime was trying to advance on the ground.

All4syria News reported that ‘two men a woman and three girls were killed after warplanes bombed their car near the village of Harbh southwest al-Tabaqa city, and three people, one of them displaced from the city of Talbisah, and called Abu Hamza, was killed by a Russian raid yesterday morning at Rusafa road in the town of Mansoura.”

In an article by Zamanalwasl news, the activist Mohamed Osman said that five civilians were killed and seventeen wounded in in raid on the city of al-Tabaqa on the Euphrates River. He made specific mention of the death of a family who owned the Hamadi shop.

The Syrian observatory for Human Rights  reported that ‘at least thirteen were killed’. The report said that warplanes (allegedly Russian) bombed al-Tabaqa, killing a woman, a young man, and injuring other citizens. The report mentioned the death four members of the so-called “Islamic State” organisation.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • the wife of Hamadi al Dakan Age unknown female killed
  • child of Hamadi Al Dakan Child killed
  • child of Hamadi Al Dakan Child killed
  • Abu Hamza Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 13
  • (3 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17–20
  • 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 (31) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Smoke rising from Al Tabaqa following an airstrike on June 17th (via RBSS)
  • Smoke rises following alleged raids on Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)
  • "smoke rising following the burning of an oil transport vehicle targeted by Russian raids in al Sweikat neighbourhood, al tabaqa" (via RBSS)
  • Destruction after alleged Russian raids on Al Tabaqa (via RBSS)

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 strikes between June 1st – 31st 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
    5 – 13
  • (3 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17–20
  • 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 (31) [ collapse]