Akbar Elyam News, quoting Lt. Col. Ahmed Abdul-Aziz Al-Nu’mani of Iraqi forces, reported that violent Coalition airstrikes hit the old part of Mosul, particularly the neighbourhoods of the Grand Mosque, Farouk, Clock and the center of Mosul, in the evening into the night of April 12th.
Sawlf Ateka (local Facebook group) reported moreover that five civilians died in the Grand Mosque neighbourhood at 11pm, when a missile hit their house. The victims were named as “my nephew Dafer and his pregnant wife in the fifth month and his father and his daughter.”
In its June casualty report the Coalition denied responsibility: “April 12, 2017, near Mosul, Iraq, via social media: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”
A Coalition official confirmed to Airwars that this related to an allegation near the al Nouri mosque.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Dafer Adult male killed
- Wife of Dafer Adult female pregnant 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
Jun 2, 2017
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For April 11th-12th the Coalition publicly reported: “Near Mosul, five strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed four fighting positions, two vehicles, two mortar systems, a heavy machine gun, a sniper position and a VBIED factory; damaged 13 supply routes and two fighting positions; and suppressed six mortar teams.”