In a previously unreported incident, local eyewitnesses told Amnesty International researchers of an event at Tal Roman in ‘mid February’ which killed eight civilians. The description of a ‘smart missile’ indicated a Coalition action.
According to a detailed incident report shared with Airwars: “The house behind our house was hit in the middle of February [not sure of the date]. 8 people died – the whole family. They were having lunch on the terrace on the roof [in that little house thing on the roof]. It was a smart missile that hit them, and I am sure of that. Before the missiles hits, there is a whistle – not like the mortars. I went to the place 10 minutes later, and the family was in pieces, and the [small roof house] was destroyed. All I could see was pieces of their flesh – there weren’t even enough body parts to collect. The house was right next to Saffi Rahman Mosque. That mosque was destroyed in a different strike.
When we escaped, already the neighbourhood had been hit many times with strikes. There were so many attacks that you can’t even count them. The ISF started using the “bareena” rockets, which drill down into the ground.
It’s fine if they destroy the streets and the intersections, but they shouldn’t have been hitting the neighbourhoods and the houses, where the families were staying.
IS would be in the neighbourhood on their motorbikes and their cars, and then 10 minutes later they would disappear. They could move easily through the openings in the house, and they would come and go.
They were not talking to us, except to tell us that we could never leave. If you disobey them, you will face three punishments – beating, prison, or execution. They would just go through the houses as they wanted. They would stay for 5 days, or 10 days, and then change. After they leave, the airstrike would come, and the families would die.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.