A woman was killed and her son was injured following alleged SDF shelling into Raqqa, local sources reported.
The deceased woman was identified as the wife of Hamza Mohammed al Fahd and her injured son was identified as Mohammed al Fahd. Al Sokhna claimed Mrs al Fahd’s unnamed daughter was injured.
Both sources alleged that SDF shelling was responsible, however, Airwars understands that only the Coalition is using artillery in Raqqa.
The Syrian Observatory stated that “a female citizen was killed and her son was injured as a result of shelling by the “Euphrates Wrath” Operation Forces and the International Coalition warplanes after midnight on areas in Al-Raqqah city, which is considered the main stronghold of ISIS in Syria.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- the wife of Hamza Mohammed al Fahd Adult female 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
Mar 28, 2018
The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.
Original strike reports
For July 19th-20th: “Near Raqqah, eight strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed six fighting positions, a supply cache, and a tunnel; and suppressed a mortar team.” It additionally reported that “On July 19, near Raqqah, Syria, 19 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units; destroyed 34 fighting positions, two IEDs, and a VBIED; and damaged four fighting positions and a mortar position.” And also that “On July 19, near Raqqah, Syria, two strikes destroyed two ISIS fighting positions and a storage facility and suppressed a mortar system.”
Wednesday 19 July – Tornados destroyed an explosives warehouse in northern Iraq, whilst Typhoons and Tornados struck a command post and defensive position in Raqqa…Update: air strikes against Daesh – GOV.UK In northern Iraq, intelligence had identified a warehouse near Hawijah in which large quantities of homemade explosives were being stored by Daesh. A flight of RAF Tornados attacked the building with two Paveway IV guided bombs, and demolished it on Wednesday 19 July. A mixed pair of one Tornado and one Typhoon meanwhile provided close air support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting to clear the terrorists from Raqqa. A coalition surveillance aircraft identified a Daesh defensive position, and our aircraft conducted a successful attack with a Brimstone missile. A terrorist command post was also identified within the city, and this was struck with two Paveway IVs.