Local sources and relatives of victims said that Coalition airstrikes targeted a family house in Muthanna neighborhood northeast of Mosul. The raids reportedly killed a named civilian (53) with his mother (81) who could not leave her house due to her sickness while the son refused to abandon her.
Alaraby named Omar Abdel-Hamid al-Hamdani and his mother. Hamdani’s wife told Alaraby: “We wanted to go out, but his mother failed to move, my husband tried but the weight was too heavy, she did not leave her room for nearly two years. And we tried to seek help from neighbors, but everyone was preoccupied with himself and his family.” Rescue teams reportedly found the two at dawn on Tuesday, in the ruins of the house where “Hamdani was hugging his mother, aged 81 years, in one of the rooms.”
According to an Iraqi security officer quoted in the account, “planes bombed areas where armed activity [took place] in order to pave the way for the Iraqi forces.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Omar Abdel-Hamid al-Hamdani 53 years old male killed
- Mother of Omar Abdel-Hamid al-Hamdani 81 years old female 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
Sep 29, 2017
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For January 8th-9th the Coalition publicly noted : “Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units; destroyed three ISIL-held buildings, two vehicles, two mortar systems, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, a VBIED staging facility, and a VBIED; damaged 29 supply routes; and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit and a mortar team.”