According to several local sources, the Coalition killed between 50-100 civilians when an airstrike targeted Al-Baghouz in the final stages of the fight against ISIS’ last territorial stronghold. While reports varied on the exact number of civilian casualties, most sources claimed that the majority of the victims were women and children. Syria TV specified that among the dead were two women and two children.
SANA news, affiliated to the Syrian regime, reported that the airstrike targeted an IDP camp on the outskirts of Al-Baghouz.
SANA news added that the incident occurred on February the 12th and while LCCSY reported the same, it published the report on February 11th which makes it more plausible the incident occurred on February the 11th.
No other details are known at this time.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Original strike reports
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve launched a precision strike in support of Syrian Democratic Forces against an ISIS command and control facility, formerly used as a mosque in Baghouz Fawqani, Syria, on Feb. 11, 2019.
ISIS used the former mosque to direct attacks and employ vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices against CJTF-OIR and partner forces. Otherwise protected under the Geneva Convention, ISIS caused the mosque to lose its protected status afforded by the Law of Armed Conflict.
“This mosque lost its protected status when ISIS deliberately chose to use it as a command and control center,” said U.K. Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, CJTF-OIR deputy commander-strategy and information. “This strike on ISIS will further hasten their defeat in the MERV.”
Coalition Forces, comprising 74 partner nations and five international organizations, are deployed in support of CJTF-OIR, working by, with and through partner forces to bring about the enduring defeat of ISIS.