One child died and several members of his family were injured in an airstrike on Al Lattoum village, according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether this was the work of the US-led Coalition (against which there was just one allegation), Russia or the Syrian regime.
Alsoukhnaalhadath reported the death of a male child, as a result of the “targeting of the house of his sister in Lattoum by the international criminal coalition. His sister was moderately injured in the leg and was taken to the hospital.”
However, other sources blamed Russia. According to Palmyra Media Centre, “several members” of the child’s family were also wounded in the alleged Russian strike.
Insaan Rights Watch blamed the regime, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights pointed to “Syrian-Russian Alliance forces”.
In their June 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Muhammad Hassan al-Salloum 6 years old male killed
Sources (5) [ 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
Jun 24, 2020
June 28, 2017, in Al Latum, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 3116/CS1112 37SDU930786
Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any strikes between June 1st – 31st 2017.