An alleged Coalition airstrike on the Qalqa neighbourhood of Hit resulted in 20 civilians reportedly injured, and one child was killed.
According to Hit News, the home of gas seller Lutfi Abu was also hit.
News of Iraq quoted what it said was a local source: “Warplanes of the international coalition bombed residential areas behind Hit general hospital… the bombing destroyed a number of civilian houses, and led to the martyrdom and wounding of 20 civilians.”
In its monthly casualty report for July 2017, the Coalition noted two allegations for Hit, both of which it dated to March 31st 2016 (see also I180a). It stated for Qaiqa that “After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”
Responding to a request for clarification about possible involvement given declared UK strikes near the Fallujah that day, the MoD told Airwars that “after extensive research, we can confirm that there was no UK involvement” in the alleged event.
Given the available evidence for this report including heavy strikes on Hit that day, Airwars has requested co-ordinates from the Coalition to better understand for which vicinity it conducted its assessment.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Sources (6) [ collapse]
Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.
The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jul 7, 2017
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For March 30th-31st 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Hit, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL safe house and destroyed two ISIL supply caches, 15 ISIL rockets, three ISIL bunkers, and an ISIL tunnel.”