Local residents and press sources said that dozens of civilians were killed and that their bodies were still under the rubble after a violent airstrike targeted Tawafa area, between the station and Bab Al Beith, and demolished the houses of the entire street.
MNN reported that engineer Younis Hamadoun Qasim al-Naimi Oribi (see photo below) was killed in the raids. He worked for the directorate of agriculture. MNN reported that he was “martyred because of the demolition of the house as a result of the bombing [which] led to the destruction of the entire row in the neighborhood block.”
In an earlier post, MNN reported that a member of the Nineveh Provincial Council had launched an appeal to Iraqi forces and the Coalition to “stop the indiscriminate shelling on the right side of Mosul, having claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians” and to “open humanitarian corridors for civilians out towards the safe areas controlled by military units.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Younis Hamadoun Qasim al-Naimi Oribi Adult male Engineer killed
Sources (3) [ 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
Oct 27, 2017
The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.
Original strike reports
For March 8th-9th, the Coalition reported: “Mosul, fives strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed six vehicles, five tanker trucks, four mortar systems, 4 VBIEDs, two supply caches, a fighting position, an artillery system, an ISIS-held building, a tactical vehicle, an ISIS headquarters, and a weapons storage facility; damaged 32 supply routes; and suppressed nine mortar teams, a sniper team, a medium machine gun team, and an ISIS tactical unit.”