In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, six civilians were reportedly killed in alleged Coalition airstrikes in Raqqa. Although Airwars assesses single sourced incidents as “weak”, researchers have assessed this incident “fair” due to the depth of material provided by Amnesty.
According to Amnesty, the strike occurred in the night between the 21st and 22nd of June.
The report states that “The six men were killed by an air strike by the entrance of the building where female members of the Merbad family were staying immediately after the air strike which killed their relatives.” Despite this, only one victim has been identified.
“Maha”, a witness of the raid told Amnesty in a testimony that “Nasser was displaced form Deir Ezzor. He and the other five had been helping to rescue the survivors from the Dueihi family and from my family, after our homes had been bombed.”
Allegedly he had been engaged in helping to rescue victims at ‘”Dueihi’s house” from a previous strike, then he moved onto another house and finally the building where he and five others were killed.
The building is exactly opposite al-Rayan bakery.
The incident occured during the night.
- Nasser Jidi (al-Khailaq) Adult male killed
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Original strike reports
Not yet assessed.