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.
The Amnesty report noted that “Ahmad Mohammed al-Hammadi, a mathematics teacher, 65, his wife Zahra Mahammed al-Khamri, 50, and their son Abderrahman Ahmad al-Hammadi, 20, were killed by an artillery strike on their home. A month earlier their other son, Abdallah, was killed in another artillery strike while fetching water from a well.”
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.”
The incident occured around midday.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Ahmad Mohammed al-Hammadi 65 years old male mathematics teacher killed
- Zahra Mahammed al-Khamri 50 years old female wife of Ahmad killed
- Abderrahman Ahmad al-Hammadi 20 years old male son of Ahmad and Zahra killed
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Original strike reports
Not yet assessed.