Up to nine civilians were killed by US aircraft at Slouk in Raqaa’s suburbs.
Al Hal quoted Abu Ibrahim Al Raquaou of the group Raqaa is Being Slaughtered Silently as saying that as part of an operation to clear Slouk of Daesh militants, Coalition planes had “targeted IS machinery near the Slouk Front and its operations killed several civilians, amongst them two women and several children in their homes in the town.” Others reported that the dead were all from one family.
The head of the family was later named as Yusuf Al Sayid, who according to RBSS died alongside his two wives and five children.
A single source also reported that another civilian male, was killed nearby in a strike at Junction Alkntra.
On January 15th 2016, CENTCOM conceded that US aircraft had killed at least three civilians during this strike: “On June 11, 2015, near Soluk, Syria, during strikes against an ISIL tactical unit, it is assessed that three unidentified civilians were killed.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (8)
- Yusuf Al Sayid Adult male killed
- Wife 1 of Yusuf Al Sayid Adult female killed
- Wife 2 of Yusuf Al Sayid Adult female killed
- Child 1 of Yusuf Al Sayid Child killed
- Child 2 of Yusuf Al Sayid Child killed
- Child 3 of Yusuf Al Sayid Child killed
- Child 4 of Yusuf Al Sayid Child killed
- Child 5 of Yusuf Al Sayid Child killed
- Mohammed Basil Alaiwi Adult killed nearby in a strike at Junction Alkntra killed
Sources (9) [ collapse]
Prior to the Coalition releasing the MGRS for this incident, Airwars had geolocated it to the nearest town at 36.59539, 39.128559
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jan 15, 2016
On June 11, 2015, near Soluk, Syria, during strikes against an ISIL tactical unit, it is assessed that three unidentified civilians were killed.
Original strike reports
Heavy coalition was reported at Raqaa. For June 10th-11th 2015 CJTF-OIR noted: “Near Ar Raqqah, seven airstrikes struck six ISIL tactical units, destroying seven ISIL improvised rocket assisted munitions, two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL resupply points, two ISIL VBIEDs, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL VBIED warehouse.”