Local sources reported that 13 civilians from two families were killed and 17 others injured in Coalition airstrikes on houses in Yarmouk neighbourhood, which had been liberated by Iraqi forces the previous day.
Today Egypt News quoted Captain Yazen Abdul-Ilah al-Dubardani of the Iraqi Air Force, saying that “Coalition aircraft launched an air strike on houses in the Yarmouk district today, killing 13 civilians from two families, and wounding 17 others, most of them critically,” said . About the destruction of about 6 houses and 11 cars.” He added that “the Iraqi Air Force Command opened an urgent investigation into the circumstances of the incident and submitted a preliminary report to the Joint High Military Command to learn about and update the latest developments, as well as continue coordination with the International Coalition to find out the reasons for targeting unarmed civilians.”
Amsi Iraq also reported the incident on Twitter and blamed the Coalition.
The Yarmouk neighbourhood had reportedly been cleared the previous day.
In June 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible, noting “After a review of all available strike records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”https://www.inherentresolve.mil/Media-Library/News-Releases/Article/1890275/combined-joint-task-force-operation-inherent-resolve-monthly-civilian-casualty/
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
Jun 27, 2019
Apr. 11, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of all available strike records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.
Original strike reports
For April 10th-11th: “Near Mosul, six strikes engaged five ISIS tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a supply cache, a rocket-propelled grenade system, an anti-air artillery system, one VBIED; damaged a fighting position; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and a mortar team.”