Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS918

Incident date

June 19, 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

A major civilian casualty event took place on al Tabaqa city in the Ar Raqqah countryside, reportedly killing at least six civilians and wounding as many as 40, including women and children. Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Assad regime were to blame.

Wwalfwasel reported that “more than 40 people” were killed, however this figure is much higher than the majority of other sources.

A Tweet by theofficemedia described the raid as a ‘very intense bombardment’ in which rockets and cluster bombs were used by warplanes.

Syrian Press Center blamed Moscow, as did LCCSY and Qasioun news.

According to Qasioun, most of those killed were women and children.

According to Alsouria, al Tabaqa was under the control of so-called Islamic State, they alleged through working together the regime and Russia have caused considerable material damage in the area and many have been killed in order to regain control.

Shahed-ayan has also news blamed Moscow for the airstrikes, which they reported to have killed sixteen, wounded thirty and caused ‘big material damage in residential buildings’.

However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights referred to both Russian warplanes and regime helicopters operating in the area. Syrian News and Zamanalwasl also blamed the regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Daasha Osbkiat Nsorna Age unknown female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 40
  • (1–2 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–35
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an airstrike on Tabaqa, June 19th (via Alsouria)
  • An airstrike on Tabaqa, June 19th (via Syrian Press Center)
  • Suspected Russian fighter jets attack the town of al Tabaqa, Ar Raqqahh (via Qasioun)
  • "clashes between the regime forces and elements of the "Islamic State" (Daesh) near the oil revolution field" (via Syrian News)
  • Aftermath following alleged bombs on residential areas in al Tabaqa countryside (via Zamanalwal news)
  • Smoke rises on the city of al Tabaqa following airstrikes (via Shahed-ayan)

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
    6 – 40
  • (1–2 children1–2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    30–35
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]