As many as 22 civilians were reported killed at the village of al Nawaja, as the Coalition-supported offensive continued. However the Coalition later denied responsibility for the incident, noting that “the JCTF did not conduct any strikes in that geographic location.”
According to one source, “al Nawaja village is divided into two neighbourhoods. The eastern side is now under SDF control, while the western side’s al Maghmoureen neighbourhood [al Kamlak] is still under IS control.“
According to the Syrian Observatory, “confirmatory sources [reported] that the international coalition’s warplanes targeted areas in al-Nawajah village located to the east of Manbij city in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo. The airstrikes killed and injured 15 people at least, and some of the wounded are still in dangerous situation.” Manbij Documentation Agency placed the death toll at 15, while Manbij Mother of All the World reported up to 20 casualties – but said getting information was proving difficult because of an “unprecedented media blackout.” Manbij Direct said 10 died with 15 injured. It listed some of the dead.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Aziz al Barhawi 25 years years old male
- Khaled Aziz al Barhawi 5 years years old male killed
- Khaled Ibrahim al Khalil 4 years years old male killed
- Ramadan Juma’a al Illo 30 years years old male killed
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Original strike reports
For July 22nd-23rd 2016 the Coalition publicly reported that “Near Manbij, nine strikes struck nine separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 12 ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.”