Four children from one family were killed in an alleged Coalition strike on Raqqa.
According to Shaam News, the dawn strike totally destroyed the home of Ahmed Salem al Amin, killing his four young children. Nine other civilians were also reported wounded. Raqqa is Being Slaughtered named the children as Salem, Fatima, Rimas and Mais.
In what may be the same or a separate incident, Raqaa is Being Slaughtered also reported: “Five civilians from the Ouda family were killed in addition to the injury of Yasser Azouz al Hassan al Hajji, 4 years old, following the targeting by warplanes of their home in al Baddou neighbourhood at dawn today.”
In a detailed description, Syria News Desk reported: “Media opposition activist Mohamed Osman, quoting civilian sources from within Raqqa, told Syria News desk that Coalition aircraft launched five raids on the city, centered on the National Hospital and tal Nai’m roundabout near its center, and Al Wadi street near al Dalla roundabout north of the city center, pointing out that the dead children’s parents were seriously injured in Al Wadi Street, as the injured were taken to a medical point for treatment, while the bombing fully resulted in the destruction of two buildings, and material damage to a large hospital building and other property.” Daesh fighters were also reported killed.
While most sources blamed either the Coalition or unnamed aircraft, the Syrian Network said government shelling was responsible for the children’ deaths. However the Coalition has confirmed strikes in the near vicinity.
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.
The victims were named as:
Family members (4)
- Salem Child male killed
- Fatima Child female killed
- Rimas Child female killed
- Mais Child female killed
- Yasser Azouz al Hassan al Hajji, 4 years years old male injured
Sources (8) [ collapse]
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Mar 25, 2020
July 12, 2016, in Raqqah, 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. 3008/CS260 37SEV008784
Original strike reports
For July 11th-12th the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes struck an ISIL used-bridge and destroyed an ISIL oil wellhead and three ISIL pump jacks.”