Five or more civilians including three women were reported killed in an alleged Coalition strike in the al Rabita street area of Manbij town, scene of fierce ground clashes between ISIL occupiers and assaulting SDF forces.
According to al Tokhar al Kabil, “members of the Karissli family have been martyred. They are Firyal Karissli and her son Osama and Osama’s wife Daniya Khalil Karissli in American coalition raids on the place where they were staying near al Rabita street and they are still under the rubble.”
Two additional civilian deaths were also reported, those of Haj Ismail al Hammash and his wife
In their May 2020 civilian casualty report, 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 (3)
- Firyal Karissli Adult female killed
- Osama Age unknown male Firyal Karissli's son killed
- Daniya khalil Age unknown female Osama's wife killed
- Ismail al Hammash Adult male killed
Sources (11) [ collapse]
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
May 1, 2020
July 28, 2016, in Manbij, 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. 3023/CS286 37SDA049422
Original strike reports
For July 28th-29th the Coalition stated: “Near Manbij, 19 strikes struck 19 separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and two ISIL vehicles.”
‘Thursday 28 July – a Reaper provided close air support to Syrian democratic forces fighting near Manbij, Tornados destroyed a mortar in northern Iraq, and Typhoons bombed a bunker in western Iraq…RAF aircraft continued to provide close air support to the Syrian democratic forces on Thursday 28 July, when a Reaper patrolled the Manbij area. The Reaper’s crew conducted four attacks with Hellfire missiles against several groups of Daesh fighters, and assisted in four further attacks by coalition fast jets.