Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

CS1285a

Incident date

July 27, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Raqqa , Syria

Geolocation

35.940559, 38.999347 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, five civilians were reportedly killed in alleged Coalition artillery strikes in Raqqa. Although Airwars assesses single sourced incidents as “weak”, researchers have assessed this incident “fair” due to the depth of material provided by Amnesty.

According to Amnesty field notes there were two strikes. Firstly, an artillery strike on the house where the family was sheltering which prompted them and other neighbours to leave however, a barrage of artillery shells struck the street full of people, killing four members of the family and several other neighbours, and injuring many more. A second artillery strike hit the house where the family was sheltering and killed a displaced woman from Palmira who was also sheltering in the same house.

The victims and their relatives were – according to the report – “sheltering in a house with two other families (some 35 people in all) and the house was hit by a shell”.

In a testimony given by Khaled, a survivor of the strike, “In the space of a few minutes the street was full of dead bodies and injured people on the ground. Many of the victims were displaced people, who, like my family, were running away from the fighting.”

Researchers added that those injured in the strike included the mum, Khadija Hsein al-Ka’oud, 50 who obtained a neck injury and has been left completely paralysed on right side. The two children of Subhi’s, Bashar, 7 who has injures to the back of both his legs and Abdo, 5, who obtained a back injury. The two children now live with their grandparents.

The Abdallah family owned a tyre shop, which was run by Nazlat al-Shehada, however he was killed in the strike.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • The home of the Abdallah's two years on from the airstrike. (via Amnesty)
  • The home of the Abdallah's two years on from the airstrike. (via Amnesty)
  • Khadija Abdo Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mohammed Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Subhi Mohammed Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Zeinab Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mohammed and Zeinab Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Subhi Mohammed and Khadija Abdo Al Abdullah, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 27th July 2017. (via Amnesty)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

  • Before strike. (via Amnesty)

  • After strike. (via Amnesty)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Not yet assessed.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Incident Code

CS1273a

Incident date

July 24–25, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.95725, 39.010135 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, one civilian was reportedly killed in alleged Coalition artillery strike in Raqqa. Although Airwars assesses single sourced incidents as “weak”, researchers have assessed this incident “fair” due to the depth of material provided by Amnesty.

The report stated that “Islam Moh Amero, (F), three, was killed in her home by shrapnel from an artillery strike on the street. Her father was injured in the same strike.”

The mother, Umm Islam, told Amnesty in a testimony that “Even keeping her indoors did not protect her. We could not protect our children. We couldn’t know where the shells would fall next.”

The satellite imagery shows no damage to the vicinity.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Islam Moh Amero 3 years old female killed
  • Islam's father Adult male injured by shrapnel injured

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

  • Before strike. (via Amnesty)

  • After strike. (via Amnesty)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Not yet assessed.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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

Incident Code

CS1265a

Incident date

July 6–24, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.945704, 38.990602 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, three civilians were reportedly killed in alleged Coalition artillery strikes in Raqqa. Although Airwars assesses single sourced incidents as “weak”, researchers have assessed this incident “fair” due to the depth of material provided by Amnesty.

According to the Amnesty report, “Ahmad Mohammed al-Tomash, 30, and his daughter Zaman, 10, and his brother-in-law Ali al-Tomash were killed when an artillery struck their home.”

Additional information by Amnesty said that the strike occurred while the family were having dinner. Furthermore, they gave details of other members of three members of the family who were injured as a result of the artillery.

Nahed, the wife and mother of the victims told Amnesty that “We were sitting with relatives. The shell struck my husband and my daughter were killed and my two sons were badly injured they both lost an eye each. My little one was only 17 days old and he sustained horrific injuries all over.”

Although Amnesty found no precise building location, they reported that the incident occurred near Saf’a Mosque.

The incident occured at 7:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Ahmad Mohammed al-Tomash 43 years old male electrician killed
  • Zaman 10 years old female daughter of Ahmad killed
  • Ali al-Tomash 40 years old male Ahmad's sisters husband killed
  • Shamsa 30 years old female Ahmad's sister lost her right leg injured
  • Amar 17 days old years old male Ahmad's son lost his eye - now has a prosthetic eye - in addition to injures to abdomen, right leg and chest injured
  • Moh 9 years old male lost his right eye injured

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Ahmad Mohamad Al Tomash & Zaman Al Tomash, killed in artillery strikes by alleged Coalition raids, 6th-24th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Ahmad Mohammad Al Tomash, killed in artillery strikes by alleged Coalition raids, 6th-24th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Zaman Al Tomash, killed in artillery strikes by alleged Coalition raids, 6th-24th July 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Ammar and Mohammad Al Tomash, survivors of the alleged Coalition artillery strike, two years on. (via Amnesty)
  • Ammar Al Tomash, who lost his eye and sustained bad injures to his leg in an alleged Coalition artillery strike in July 2017. This image shows his recovery two years on. (via Amnesty)
  • Ammar Al Tomash, who lost his eye and sustained bad injures to his leg in an alleged Coalition artillery strike in July 2017. This image shows his recovery two years on. (via Amnesty)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

  • Before strike. (via Amnesty)

  • After strike. (via Amnesty)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Not yet assessed.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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

Incident Code

CS1265b

Incident date

July 24, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.949221, 38.993879 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, one civilian was reportedly killed in an alleged Coalition artillery strike in Raqqa. Although Amnesty researched this incident on the ground, Airwars has decided to grade it “weak” due to the depth of material provided.

According to the Amnesty report, “Hafeth al-Ghalladhi was killed in an artillery strike while he and his family were sheltering at their neighbour’s house. His daughter and his granddaughter were both injured in the strike.”

The victim’s daughter, Safia, told Amnesty in a testimony that. “We lost my father to a Coalition strike and my brother’s wife and three children were killed by a mine laid by Daesh (IS) as they were trying to leave the city. We could not even recover their bodies.”

In July 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monthly civilian casualty report noted: “After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.”

The incident occured at 2:15 pm local time.

  • Hafeth Al-Ghalladhi Adult male killed
  • Child of Hafeth Age unknown injured
  • Grandchild of Hafeth Age unknown injured

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

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
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Stated location
    in Raqqa, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV994783
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 26, 2019
  • Jul. 24, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions,
a VBIED, and a mortar system; and damaged a fighting position.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition

Incident Code

CS1258a

Incident date

July 23, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.94885, 38.993594 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, one civilian was reportedly as killed in alleged Coalition artillery strikes in Raqqa. Although Airwars assesses single sourced incidents as “weak”, researchers have assessed this incident “fair” due to the depth of material provided by Amnesty.

The report stated that “Musa Sami al-Ali, 42, was killed at his home by an artillery shell.”

One testimony by his son Mohammad stated that “There was a lot of shelling in the area all the time. There was no way of knowing when or where the next shell would strike.”

In July 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monthly civilian casualty report noted: “After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.”

The incident occured around midday.

  • Musa Sami al-Ali 42 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

  • Before strike. (via Amnesty)

  • After strike. (via Amnesty)

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
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Stated location
    in Raqqa, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV994783
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Jul 26, 2017
  • Jul. 23, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Near Raqqah, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions,
a mortar tube, and a mortar facility; and damaged five fighting positions and a supply route.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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

Incident Code

CS1194a

Incident date

July 12, 2017

Location

Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

35.957233, 38.994399 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, one civilian was reportedly killed in alleged Coalition artillery strike in Raqqa. Although Airwars assesses single sourced incidents as “weak”, researchers have assessed this incident “fair” due to the depth of material provided by Amnesty.

According to the report, “Abdallah Ahmad Hammadi, 20 was killed in an artillery strike by a well when he went to fetch water. A month later his parents and twin brother, Abderrahman, were killed by another artillery shell which struck their family home.”

The daughter of the victim, Maha, told Amnesty in a testimony that “Only me and my sister survived. We have no one left. My brother Abdallah was killed by the well when he went to fetch water, then my parents and my brother Aabderrahman, Abdallah’s twin, were killed when our home was hit by a shell.”

Three other members of the Hammadi family were killed in a Coalition artillery strike on August 16th 2017. See CS1379a for more details.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

  • Abdallah Ahmad Hammadi 20 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Abdallah Ahmad Al Hammadi, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 12th July 2017. (via Amnesty)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

Not yet assessed.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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

Incident Code

CS1062

Incident date

June 22, 2017

Location

شارع ال ١٦ في حي الرميلة, Rumaila, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.960331, 39.022197 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Seven or eight civilians including women and children from the same family died in an alleged Coalition artillery on 16th Street in Raqqa’s Rumaila neighbourhood, according to local sources.

The date has been changed from the 23rd to the 22nd since Amnesty International conducted field research in Raqqa.

Q_Alenzy reported the death of six members of the Sheiko family when “warplanes” allegedly shelled “their house behind Al-Salihiya library in Rumaila street on Thursday afternoon.” Other sources reported that seven civilians from the same family died, while Jisr TV put the death toll at eight and blamed the Coalition. It has since been discovered by Amnesty field research that the eighth victim was the fetus of Buthaina. She was at the end of her pregnancy when she was killed.

In February 2018 the Coalition made its first assessment of the case, classing it as ‘non credible’.

The Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report ‘War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality’ later reported that “Six members of the Sheikho family – three children, one woman and two men – were killed in their sleep when their home was struck by an artillery shell at 2.45 am. ”

A survivor of the artillery strike named Mohammed gave a testimony to Amnesty researchers: “I lost my two children. My baby girl was only 25 days old. How can it be acceptable to kill children? This war had no mercy and no humanity and we defenceless civilians paid the price.”

In its monthly civilian casualty report for October 2019 – published on December 5th of the same year – the Coalition again assessed this event as ‘non credible’, noting: “June 22, 2017, in Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action. 2736/AI-24/S928 37SEV020795”.

The Coalition provided coordinates accurate to within 100 metres, indicating the location on which it had focused its assessment.

The incident occured at 2:45 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (7)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 8
  • (4 children2 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Ahmad Mohammed Ahmad Sheikho, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 22nd June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Ahmad Mohammed Sheikho, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 22nd June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Ahmad Mustafa Sheikho, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 22nd June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Buthaina Abbud, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 22nd June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Layah Mohammed Ahmad Sheikho, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 22nd June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Thaer Ahmad Mohammed Sheikho, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike, 22nd June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Where the Sheikho family home once stood. (via Amnesty)
  • Where the Sheikho family home once stood. (via Amnesty)
  • Where the Sheikho family home once stood. (via Amnesty)

Geolocation notes

According to Amnesty research there was no visible change in June this building, 2017/08/04-2017/08/11 (or next door 2017/07/06-2017/07/19).

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
    Raqqah, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SEV008788 or 37SEV020795
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Dec 5, 2019
  • Feb 22, 2018
  • After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.

  • June 22, 2017, in Raqqah, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action. 2736/AI-24/S928 37SEV020795

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For June 22nd-23rd the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 19 strikes engaged 14 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 12 fighting positions, two vehicles, and an IED cache; and damaged an ISIS supply route.” It additionally reported that On June 22, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.” and that “On June 22, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed two fighting positions, two vehicles, a weapons cache, and an ISIS staging area; and damaged 14 fighting positions.”

For June 23rd-24th: “Near Raqqah, 21 strikes engaged 15 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 10 fighting positions, six vehicles, a VBIED, an ISIS staging area, a tactical vehicle, a mortar tube, and a mortar system; damaged an ISIS supply route; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.” It additionally reported that “On June 23, near Raqqah, Syria, seven strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.”

France
  • English
    /
    Original

19 strikes were made by French aircraft in Iraq and Syria in the last week. Most of them were carried out in the battles of Mosul and Raqqah. These strikes were aimed at groups of Daech fighters. The other strikes were carried out in Syria and targeted regrouping and refueling areas used by jihadi fighters. Task Force Wagram carried out 16 artillery strikes in Mosul.

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 31 sorties aériennes dont 29 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS) et 2 de recueil de renseignements. 19 frappes ont été réalisées par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie. La majeure partie d’entre elles ont été réalisées dans le cadre des batailles de Mossoul et de Raqqah. Ces frappes visaient des groupes de combattants de Daech. Les autres frappes ont été réalisées en Syrie et ont visé des zones de regroupement et de ravitaillements utilisées par les combattants djihadistes.

United Kingdom
  • English
    /
    Original

Friday 23 June – Tornados and Typhoons hit three Daesh sniper teams in Mosul, and a truck-bomb and armoured personnel carrier in Raqqa…The next day [June 23rd], a mixed Tornado and Typhoon pair used two Paveway IVs to target successfully a large group of Daesh fighters operating with a truck-bomb and an armoured personnel carrier in Raqqa, while in Mosul a Tornado flight conducted three precision attacks with Brimstone missiles on sniper positions.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 8
  • (4 children2 women2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS965b

Incident date

June 11, 2017

Location

Ar Raqqah: near Omar Bin Al Khattab mosque, Ar Raqqah, Syria

Geolocation

35.950754, 39.02297 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Five civilians were killed in Coalition artillery strikes. The Coalition conceded a total of eight deaths and 24 injuries clustered across CS965, CS965a and CS965b. To avoid triple counting, the official OIR tally is only counted in CS965.

These civilians were initially listed as being victims of an airstrike which killed eight civilians from three families with dozens also left wounded. It has since been uncovered by Amnesty field research that the victims were killed in their home due to artillery shelling.

The Amnesty and Airwars joint April 2019 report War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality, stated that “Mahmoud Abdallah Abu Hayf, 50, and his two children and his niece and his cousin were killed by an artillery strike outside the house where the family was sheltering. Neighbours told Amnesty International that after they were killed another eight shell landed in the street.”

Salha, a survivor of the strike told Amnesty in a testimony that “My husband was out with the children and when the shelling started he hurried home. They were struck and killed by the front door. My mother and my brother and other relatives were injured in the strike.”

A number of sources alleged that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were responsible for the strikes with the Syrian Network blaming SDF mortars. However, the Coalition also reported that it conducted artillery fire in the Raqqa.

In February 2019, the Coalition accepted responsibility for the event, noting: “Coalition artillery targeted ISIS fighters. Regrettably, eight civilians were unintentionally killed and 24 civilians were unintentionally injured due to their proximity to the impacts.”

Both this event and CS965a are classed as Credible in our database.

The incident occured at 7:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Family members (2)

Family members (1)

Family members (4)

  • Mohammed Muhannad Qadri al Daham Child male not from Amnesty dataset killed
  • Noura al Hussein Adult female not from Amnesty dataset killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (3 children3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

Sources (36) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (14) [ collapse]

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    Jana al-Ali Al Hassan was reportedly killed by Coalition or SDF shelling in Saif al Dawla neighborhood in the city of Raqqa (via RBSS)
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    Naya Mahmoud Ismail Abu al-Hayf was reportedly killed by Coalition or SDF shelling in Saif al Dawla neighborhood in the city of Raqqa (via RBSS)
  • Naya Mahmoud Ismail Abu al-Hayf and Adnan Abu Hayf were reportedly killed by Coalition or SDF shelling in Saif al Dawla neighborhood in the city of Raqqa (via RBSS)
  • Mahmoud Abu Hayf was reportedly killed by Coalition or SDF shelling in Saif al Dawla neighborhood in the city of Raqqa (via RBSS)
  • Jana al-Hassan was reportedly killed by Coalition or SDF shelling in Saif al Dawla neighborhood in the city of Raqqa (via RBSS)
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    Coalition or SDF shelling reportedly killed several children (via Mohab Nasser)
  • Coalition or SDF shelling reportedly killed Mahmoud Abu Hayf and his two children, Naya Mahmoud Ismail Abu al-Hayf and Adnan Abu Hayf during strikes in Saif al-Dawla in al-Raqqa (via @MousaAlomar)
  • Adnan Aby Hayf, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 11th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Jana Hassa Ali, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 11th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mahmud Abu Hayf, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 11th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mahmud Abu Hayf, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 11th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Mahmud Abu Hayf and his children, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 11th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Naya Abu Hayf, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 11th June 2017. (via Amnesty)
  • Naya and Adnan, killed in an alleged Coalition airstrike on 11th June 2017. (via Amnesty)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

  • Before strike. (via Amnesty)

  • After strike. (via Amnesty)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Credible / Substantiated
    The investigation assessed that although all feasible precautions were taken and the decision to strike complied with the law of armed conflict, unintended civilian casualties regrettably occurred.
  • Given reason for civilian harm
    Other
    Airwars’ assessment of belligerent’s civilian casualty statement
  • Initial Airwars grading
    Confirmed
  • Stated location
    near Raqqa, Syria
    Nearest population center
  • Location accuracy
    100 m
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SEV017790
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • Feb 28, 2019
  • Aug 4, 2017
  • The report contained insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.

  • June 12, 2017, near Raqqa, Syria, via Airwars report. Coalition artillery targeted ISIS fighters. Regrettably, eight civilians were unintentionally killed and 24 civilians were unintentionally injured due to their proximity to the impacts. [The Coalition conceded a total of eight deaths and 24 injuries clustered across CS965, CS965a and CS965b. To avoid triple counting, the official OIR tally is only counted in CS965]. 

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For June 11th-12th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 23 strikes engaged 20 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 16 fighting positions, two vehicles, and two ISIS boats; damaged five ISIS supply routes; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.” It additionally reported that “On June 11, near Raqqah, Syria, six strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions and suppressed a sniper team.” And that “On June 11, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes destroyed two fighting positions.”

It also reported for the same days that "Near Raqqah, 22 strikes engaged 20 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 21 fighting positions and four vehicles."

France
  • English
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    Original

On the 15/6-17, the French MoD reported: "In the past week, France reports his 31 sorties, 28 of which were Armed Reconnaissance or Ground Support (CAS) and 3 were intelligence gathering. Two strikes were conducted by French planes in Iraq and Syria, one in the west of Raqqah city, and the other in the Al Qaim region, both against ISIL fighters. Task Force Wagram carried out 80 artillery strikes in Mosul."

Cette semaine, les aéronefs de l’opération Chammal ont réalisé 31 sorties aériennes dont 28 de reconnaissance armée ou d’appui au sol (CAS) et 3 de recueil de renseignements. 2 frappes ont été conduites par les avions français en Irak et en Syrie, l’une à l’Ouest de la ville de Raqqah, et l’autre dans la région d’Al Qaim, toutes deux contre des combattants de Daech.’

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (3 children3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Confirmed
    A specific belligerent has accepted responsibility for civilian harm.
  • Known attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown
  • Suspected target
    ISIS

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