Local sources said that airstrikes – possibly by the Coalition – had struck civilians in Hit and Thaiyala in Anbar province, resulting in deaths and injuries of multiple civilians including women and children.
Face Iraq reported that 12 bodies of civilians were later evacuated from Thaiyala, “killed in bombings which had resulted in the deaths of women and children.”
The dead were later named as Ismail Taha Hussein Amiri and nine of his family, along with Ashjan Taha Ismail Darraji and a woman named as Yana.
In the first of their September 2020 civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that 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.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (
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- Ismail Taha Hussein Amiri Adult male also 9 of his family killed during the incident killed
- Ashjan Taha Ismail Darraji Age unknown (via Al Anbar News) killed
- Yana Age unknown female Via Al Anbar News killed
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Sep 9, 2020
Jan. 1, 2016, in Thaiyala, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was determined that, more likely than not, the alleged civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition action. 2889/CI172 38SLC422007
Original strike reports
No Coalition strikes were publicly reported at Hit. More broadly in Anbar, it was noted for January 1st-2nd 2016 that “Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions, six ISIL heavy machine gun positions, three ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle, cratered two ISIL-used roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.“