Local media reported that one male civilian died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the municipal stadium area of Al Mala’ab Al Baladi in Raqqa.
According to FSA Raqqa Sport, the victim was “a body building champion”.
In February 2019, the Coalition assessed this event to be non-credible. Their report noted: ” After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Muslim Mohammed Adult male also known as Abu Shad killed
Sources (5) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the area around the Al Mala’ab Al Baladi stadium (الملعب البلدي), for which the coordinates are: 35.956944, 39.005833.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Feb 28, 2019
Sept. 23, 2017, near al-Mal’ab al-Baladi, Raqqah, Syria via Airwars report. After review of all available strike records it was determined that more likely than not civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.
Original strike reports
For September 22nd-23rd, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 39 strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed 41 fighting positions, a command and control node, a supply route and suppressed two fighting positions.”
For September 23rd - 24th, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, 29 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 20 fighting positions, 22 vehicles, three ISIS headquarters, a command and control node; and suppressed three fighting positions"