Between 10 and 16 civilians including one woman were killed and 30-35 injured in airstrikes on Tabaqa – though reports are conflicted as to whether the Coalition, Russia or the Assad regime carried out the attacks. However, the majority of the sources allege Russia was responsible.
LCCSY, Syria 2011 and the Syrian Revolution all named people who they said had been killed in Coalition strikes. But The Shaam News Network reported that Russian warplanes carried out more than a dozen airstrikes with cluster bombs: “Activists said Russian warplanes targeted several neighborhoods within al Tabaqa with cluster bombs, leaving 16 martyrs among civilians and more than 30 wounded, some in critical condition, as well as considerable material damage in residential buildings, shops and the proliferation of explosive bombs over large areas in the city and within residential neighborhoods. The bombing included al Sina’a street , Hajj Nawwar street, al A’reed street, the area behind Express book shop, Al Maghniya street and the area near the financial district.“
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently also blamed Russia across multiple posts, however, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said the regime were responsible and put the death toll at at least six. Others sources referred to “warplanes”, but did not say who they belonged to.
In the second of their March 2020 civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Mohammad Ahmad Mo’del Age unknown male From Idlib killed
- Mohammad al Gholi Age unknown male killed
- Malek al Areed Age unknown male killed
- The wife of Abu Taher al Tayyar Age unknown female killed
- Ahmad Mudhi al Ahmad Age unknown male killed
- Hussein al Ayel Age unknown male killed
- Khaled al jajaj Age unknown male killed
- Farid al Ahmad Age unknown male killed
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Mar 25, 2020
June 19, 2016, in Tabaqah, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 2977/CS234 37SDV580651
Original strike reports
For June 18th-18th, the Coalition reports: “Near Ar Raqqah, three strikes struck two ISIL-used bridges and an ISIL staging area.”