Two families were reported killed in an alleged Coalition dawn airstrike on Manbij, in the vicinity of the city’s al Lamiya roundabout. According to Manbij Mother of the World, nine civilians were buried at the Al Sheikh Akeel cemetery.
Six ISIL fighters reportedly died in an apparent strike on an anti-aircraft position. But the nearby home of Mustapha al Hamdoni was also struck, leading the deaths of his daughters and their chldren.
Halab Today placed the civilian death toll at 10, while the Syrian Network said seven died. All reports blamed the Coalition.
A later Syrian Network investigation reported the following: “Fixed-wing international coalition forces warplanes fired a missile that targeted a residential building near Al Lamba circle. The building is owned by Mr. Kamel Mustafa Al Hamdoni. The bombardment resulted in the killing of seven civilians from Al Hamdoni family including three children and three women whose names weren’t acquired (They are the daughters and grandsons of Kamel Mustafa Al Hamdoni).
Residents in the area told us that ISIS, who were controlling the city at the time, occupied the lower floor of Al Hamdoni building and some of the military vehicles and cars belonging to ISIS stationed in front of the building before the bombing. The city is now held by the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces.“
In their monthly civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition has indicated that the credibility of this civilian harm allegation is in the process of being assessed.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (1)
- Daughters and grandsons of Kamel Mustafa Al Hamdoni Age unknown killed
Family members (3)
- Yusuf Shabib Age unknown male killed
- Yusuf Shabib's son Age unknown male killed
- Mohammad Shabib Age unknown male killed
- Mohammad Deeb Shabib Age unknown male killed
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Original strike reports
For June 30th-July 1st 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Manbij, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.”