Local sources reported that 18 civilians from four named families – mostly children and women – died under the rubble. An airstrike reportedly hit their homes in the Borsa area in the centre of Mosul. It is presently unclear who was responsible for the airstrikes.
Sawlf Ateka, a local Facebook page, launched an appeal to save the families from under the rubble. It said that those affected were the families of Khalis Ahmad Hamed Abaji and his brother Dr. Banyan Ahmad Hamed Abaji. They used to be the owners of Al Hadba analytical laboratories. The destroyed homes were located near the Bursa area, close to the Central Preparatory School and Fawaz Library. Sawlf Ateka said that as many as twenty civilians were under the rubble.
Other sources also said that the house near Borsa Street, opposite the school, was bombed. Iraqyoon Agency said that 18 members of four families were killed – the families of Dr. Banyan Abaji, the family of his brother (as mentioned above), as well as the families of his sister-in-law and his neighbour. And the local Syndicate of Pharmacists reported the deaths of “Dr. Anfal Karim Ismael Al-Hamdani and her family.” All of the bodies were later recovered.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Khalis Ahmad Hamed Abaji Adult male Owners of Al Hadba analytical laboratories killed
- Dr. Banyan Ahmad Hamed Abaji Child male Owners of Al Hadba analytical laboratories killed
- Dr. Anfal Karim Ismael Al-Hamdani Adult female killed
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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
Sep 1, 2017
The report contained insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.
Original strike reports
For June 9th-10th the Coalition publicly reported: “Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, three ISIS-held buildings, a command and control node, a VBIED, and a VBIED staging area; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit and a mortar system.”