Local media reported a family of five, including children and three women, were killed following US-led Coalition airstrikes, near the market in Sooq Al-Hall, Raqqa.
The child, Saleh Fawaz Ahmad al Abdullah (pictured), and his family were killed after “Coalition warplane missiles fired on the old al Hal Market area south of Raqqa City” according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently listed the names of the family.
All sources attributed the attack to the US-led Coalition.
In the Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality”, it was reported that “Five members of the al-Ali family were killed in a second strike on a two-storey house they were sheltering in in Harat al Sakhani.”
The daughter of a victim, Fatima, added in a testimony that “My relatives went from place to place in search of safety but were bombed in each place, and when they try to flee the city, they were shot at by Daesh. What were civilians supposed to do? What options did they have?”
Although initial reportage said the strike was on the 29th, Fatima confirmed it was actually on the 20th.
The incident occured at 20:00:00 local time.
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Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention Sooq Al Hall (سوق الهال) area, for which the coordinates are: 35.950765, 39.014393. There are two markets referred to as Al Hall (سوق الهال) in Raqqa city, however, given the date of the incident, it is unlikely that there was fighting near the other Sooq Al Hall (سوق الهال), for which the coordinates are: 35.937528, 39.027740. Furthermore, satellite images from take on Aug. 25 and Sept. 06, 2017 indicate no new damage there. Amnesty research found the precise location of the strike: 35.95243, 39.01633.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
May 31, 2018
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For August 29th – 30th the Coalition reported “Near Raqqah, 46 strikes engaged 30 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 66 fighting positions, five heavy machine guns, five vehicles, three medium machine guns, three anti-air systems, three ISIS communications lines, two command and control nodes, an ISIS headquarters, a weapons cache, an ISIS staging area, a VBIED, damaged eight fighting positions and suppressed two heavy machine guns.” It was additionally reported that “On Aug. 29, near Raqqah, Syria, 16 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed nine fighting positions, a VBIED, a heavy machine gun, and a command and control node.”