Sources initially reported three people were killed following alleged US-led Coalition air strikes on The National (Al Watani) Hospital in Raqqa. Subsequent reports identified nine victims.
Mohammad Jom’a al Taha (b. 1951), an agricultural engineer, and two of his sons, were killed in the offensive. According to sources the family was displaced people from Deir Ezzor Governorate. Syrianpc referred to the use of “artillery shelling” by the International Coalition, as did multiple other local media sources. The majority of sources hold the US-led Coalition responsible for the attack or cited the use of artillery. Airwars understands that only the Coalition have access to artillery in Raqqa.
The Al-Subeeh family were also listed as killed in the attack on Raqqa city, however, sources did not specify whether they were also near The National (Al Watani) Hospital. The victims of the family were named by sources.
See also CS1416
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
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Reports of the incident refer to the National Hospital, for which the coordinates are: 35.949994, 39.003815. Syrian Network for Human Rights report mentioned “February 23 Street”, which is 500 m from the hospital compound.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Original strike reports
For August 25th-26th the Coalition reported “Near Raqqah, 24 strikes engaged 15 ISIS tactical units; destroyed 20 fighting positions, two logistics nodes, two command and control nodes, a VBIED, an ISIS UAS, a vehicle, and an ISIS headquarters; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.” It was additionally reported that “On Aug. 25, near Raqqah, Syria, 31 strikes engaged 18 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 11 fighting positions, two command and control nodes, five vehicles, and three heavy machine guns.” And that “On Aug. 25, near Raqqah, Syria, four strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a command and control node and two fighting positions.”
‘Friday 25 August – Typhoons and Tornados attacked three terrorist positions in Raqqa, and three in Tal Afar…A mixed Typhoon and Tornado pair delivered three further Paveway attacks in Tal Afar on Friday 25 August, hitting two mortar teams and a Daesh-held building. Over Raqqa, our aircraft continued to support the Syrian Democratic Forces, and used Paveway IVs against two sniper positions and another terrorist strongpoint. The focus for RAF missions remained on Raqqa over the weekend.’