Local residents reported that ‘indiscriminate’ ISF artillery shelling or possibly an airstrike hit the 17 July neighbourhood in West Mosul, causing civilian casualties.
While Ninawa Media Center did not say who was responsible, Iraqi Spring Media Center blamed the Iraqi government forces.
Urgent Mosul News blamed [Iraqi] security forces of shelling with “smart artillery, killing several elements of ISIL with their families and the martyrdom of a number of civilians.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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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
Mar 28, 2018
After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find that civilians were harmed in this strike.
Original strike reports
For March 29th-30th the Coalition publicly stated: “Near Mosul, seven strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units and an ISIS staging area; destroyed two command and control nodes, two mortar systems, a fighting position, and a UAV facility; damaged 19 supply routes; and suppressed 10 ISIS mortar teams and seven ISIS tactical units.”