As the battle for Manbij reached its final stages, so-called Islamic State claimed that Coalition aircraft had committed a ‘massacre’ of civilians in the town. However, most sources reported that ISIL was forcibly trapping civilians in the town, and using them as human shields.
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 the allegation provided insufficient information on the timing and location of the strike to make a determination.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
Sources (3) [ collapse]
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
May 1, 2020
Aug. 7, 2016, near Manbij, Syria via Airwars report. The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility. 3026/CS290 37SDA065429
Original strike reports
For August 6th-7th the Coalition reported that “Near Manbij, seven strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL improvised explosive device.”