According to survivors, eight civilians died in a reported 2 pm following an alleged Coalition strike on Hay al Falah.
Buzzfeed journalist Mike Giglio met with survivors in Mosul in early 2017. he provided this account to Airwars: Eight civilian relatives of Nawal Fathi Khala, born 1954, also known as Um Ghassan. Leg wounds to neighbour Khayradeen Abdur Razzaq. 69, a retired labourer. There are also four wounded survivors of the Khala family. This was a targeted strike before the Mosul offensive reached this neighbourhood. It appears to be a case of faulty intelligence. There were three buildings across the street that was in use by ISIS. ISIS militants occasionally sat on the curb in front of the civilian home using radios. The civilian home was hit, and the ISIS buildings were not touched.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (1)
- Eight relatives of Nawal Fathi Khala killed
Sources (1) [ collapse]
Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, 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
Aug 4, 2017
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area of the reported civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For December 11th-12th the Coalition reported: “Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed five ISIL-held buildings, two VBIED facilities, three VBIEDs, six fighting positions, three mortar systems, a heavy machine gun, a weapons cache, two front-end loaders, two tactical vehicles, a tunnel, and two pieces of engineering equipment; damaged 15 supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.”