At least two civilians and as many as three were killed following airstrikes on Hatla in Deir Ezzor. However it was not clear who was responsible.
Three sources alleged that Russian warplanes were responsible. Meanwhile five sources reported the airstrike without apportioning blame, and so the Coalition could not be definitively ruled out.
Free Deir Azour Radio identified two of the victims. They were among two sources to report that there were only two civilian casualties, however three sources claimed there were three.
Euphrates Post reported that “Warplane raids targeted the house of Awwad al-Nasr and al-Hamad al-Dabbashi, and near Abu Hafez fishmongers, leaving a number of wounded civilians.” It later also reported that a child “died of his wounds as a result of the targeting with cluster bombs by the warplanes in the town of Dablan in Deir al-Zour, east of 28/6/2017. It is worth mentioning that Yassin al-Alawi lost three children as a result of the massacre.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Mukhles al Azzawi Age unknown killed
- Abd al Qader Osman Age unknown killed
- Asaad Awad Al-Nasr Child male died of wounds days later killed
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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
Apr 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 July 1st-2nd, the Coalition reported: Near Dayr Az Zawr, two strikes destroyed 20 ISIS oil storage barrels and six oil tankers.