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 strike 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.
The report stated that “Mohammed Haj Ibrahim, 34, was killed at his home with two of his children by an artillery shell which struck the house while he and his family were sleeping at 4.30 am.”
Hi wife, Hamida, who survived the strike told Amnesty that, “27 days earlier we had tried to escape Raqqa but Daesh shot at us and killed both my husband’s parents. Then the Coalition killed my husband in his sleep. There was no justice in this war.”
The field notes added that they had tried to escape in the night time, and they were shot at by ISIS near “Rashid Park”. Mohammed and his wife Hamida were also injured in this attack.
In July 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monthly civilian harm 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 4:30 am local time.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Mohammed Haj Ibrahim 34 years old male killed
- Kaamil 7 years old male child of Mohammed killed
- Rayan 3 years old female child of Mohammed killed
Sources (1) [ collapse]
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jul 26, 2019
Aug. 3, 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, 11 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting
positions, a mortar system, a vehicle, a VBIED and a supply route.