According to two local sources, some civilians killed following an alleged Coalition airstrike targeted the residential neighbourhoods in Huwaija.
Al Rafdain said that a number of civilians were killed and others wounded in an aerial bombardment, with a press source reportedly adding that aircraft bombed three sites in the Sina’iya area in Hawija, resulting in deaths and injuries in addition to causing damage and destruction of homes and property of citizens.
Later the Coalition published the report: September 19, 2017, near al-Hawijah, Iraq, via Airwars report. After a review of available information, it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
Sources (2) [ collapse]
Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the Industrial neighbourhood, or Al Sina’iya (الصناعي) in the town of Hawija (حویجة). The generic coordinates for this neighbourhood are: 35.321848, 43.785152.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jul 26, 2018
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For September 18th – 19th the Coalition reported “Near Huwijah, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed four heavy machine guns, three fighting positions, a tactical vehicle, a bunker, a front-end loader, a mortar system, a staging area and an ISIS headquarters.”