Two adult civilians died and three children were wounded in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Ratlah village, according to local media.
Al Hassaka Rasd reported that the Coalition struck “the house of Abdul Aziz al-Khamri in Ratlah”. It reported that two civilians died and “three children were slightly injured by the attack”.
The victims were also named by Al Ragga Truth who attributed the event to the US-led Coalition.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Asa’ad Mohammed Al Ibrahim Adult killed
- Faisal Ismail Al Ibrahim Adult killed
Sources (7) [ collapse]
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 27, 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 24th-25th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 25 strikes engaged 17 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 16 fighting positions, five vehicles, two ammo caches, a recoilless rifle, a supply cache, and an UAS launch site; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.” It additionally reported that “On June 24, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed two fighting positions.” And that “On June 24, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit, destroyed 19 fighting positions and two vehicles, and damaged a weapons cache.”
For June 25th - 26th, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged 12 ISIS tactical units and destroyed seven fighting positions, four vehicles and a tunnel system" and later reported "On June 25, near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed three fighting positions and an ISIS headquarters"
‘Sunday 25 June – Tornados attacked a Daesh headquarters and mortar position in eastern Syria…Operations against groups of Daesh extremists outside of Raqqa and Mosul have also been maintained, and on Sunday 25 June, Tornados attacked a headquarters and mortar position in eastern Syria, some 55 miles north-east of Dayr az Zawr.’