In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, three civilians were reportedly killed in alleged Coalition artillery strikes 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 the Amnesty report, “Ahmad Mohammed al-Tomash, 30, and his daughter Zaman, 10, and his brother-in-law Ali al-Tomash were killed when an artillery struck their home.”
Additional information by Amnesty said that the strike occurred while the family were having dinner. Furthermore, they gave details of other members of three members of the family who were injured as a result of the artillery.
Nahed, the wife and mother of the victims told Amnesty that “We were sitting with relatives. The shell struck my husband and my daughter were killed and my two sons were badly injured they both lost an eye each. My little one was only 17 days old and he sustained horrific injuries all over.”
Although Amnesty found no precise building location, they reported that the incident occurred near Saf’a Mosque.
The incident occured at 7:30 pm local time.
The victims were named as:
Family members (6)
- Ahmad Mohammed al-Tomash 43 years old male electrician killed
- Zaman 10 years old female daughter of Ahmad killed
- Ali al-Tomash 40 years old male Ahmad's sisters husband killed
- Shamsa 30 years old female Ahmad's sister lost her right leg injured
- Amar 17 days old years old male Ahmad's son lost his eye - now has a prosthetic eye - in addition to injures to abdomen, right leg and chest injured
- Moh 9 years old male lost his right eye injured
Sources (1) [ collapse]
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Original strike reports
Not yet assessed.