Local media reported unspecified civilian casualties following alleged US-led Coalition airstrikes near Al Sa’ada village in the vicinity of Markada, Hasaka governorate, in the early hours of Sunday. People of the villages of Al-Harith, Al-Sa’dah Al-Gharbia, Al-Ashiteh Al-Gharbi, and Jana’a, all close to Markada, were reportedly displaced as a result of the air raids, Euphrates Post said.
Deir Ezzor Media Center [pro-SDF], quoted an eyewitness close to one of the villages: The shelling led to the destruction of Daesh convoys in the villages mentioned except for the village of West Shaada, where the shelling resulted in the fall of a house on one of its residents and spread a state of panic in the village. This, in turn, led to the displacement of the villagers towards Shaddadi. The source attributed the strikes to aircraft belonging to the International Alliance.
Presently, it is unclear how many civilians were affected, though several reports said that there were civilian casualties.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, 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
Jun 28, 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 October 14th – 15th the Coalition reported Near Ash Shadaddi, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position.