Up to 44 civilians, including a young child and his mother, were reported trapped under the rubble following the destruction of houses at al Shifa during an assault on the area.
According to Sawefa Ateka, “There is a house in Al-Shifa neighborhood, the house of Saadallah Abu Thaerwhich is near the Al-Naqib Mosque, and the families are calling out for assistance to escape from under the rubble.”
Urgent Mosul News reported 40 civilians were trapped under the rubble.
@adhamiyahnews reported that a total of 44 people were buried.
The fate of the families is not presently known.
Sawlf Ateka (local Facebook page) reported on June 25th that a two-year old boy called Ahmed Sahib and his mother “were killed in their house in Shifa neighborhood and they were still under the rubble after 6 days.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Ahmed Sahib 2 years old male 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
Aug 30, 2018
After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike.
Original strike reports
For June 18th-19th: “Near Mosul, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed 30 fighting positions, five medium machine guns, three mortar systems, two supply caches, and a rocket-propelled grenade system; damaged six ISIS supply routes and a tunnel; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.” It was additionally reported that “On June 18, near Mosul, Iraq, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed 30 vehicles, two fighting positions, a rocket-propelled grenade system, and a medium machine gun; and damaged 18 ISIS supply routes.”