In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, one civilian was reportedly killed in an alleged Coalition artillery strike in Raqqa. Although Amnesty researched this incident on the ground, Airwars has decided to grade it “weak” due to the depth of material provided.
According to the Amnesty report, “Hafeth al-Ghalladhi was killed in an artillery strike while he and his family were sheltering at their neighbour’s house. His daughter and his granddaughter were both injured in the strike.”
The victim’s daughter, Safia, told Amnesty in a testimony that. “We lost my father to a Coalition strike and my brother’s wife and three children were killed by a mine laid by Daesh (IS) as they were trying to leave the city. We could not even recover their bodies.”
In July 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monthly civilian casualty report noted: “After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.”
The incident occured at 14:15:00 local time.
The victims were named as:
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Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.
The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included 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
Jul 26, 2019
Jul. 24, 2017, in Raqqa, Syria, via Amnesty International report. After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties
Original strike reports
Near Raqqah, 12 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions,
a VBIED, and a mortar system; and damaged a fighting position.