There were claims that two children died in northern Manbij as a result of Coalition strikes, though few specific details have emerged. The originator of the story may have been Al A’Amaq (ISIL’s news arm) which reported: “Urgent: two children killed following a US raid on north of Manbij city.”
According to Shaam News, “very violent battles are raging between IS and SDF forces in the city of Manbij where the latter now controls the majority of the city’s neighborhoods – with ISIL now trapped in the eastern neighborhoods. It is worth mentioning that SDF has offered for the third time safe passage for ISIL in return for surrender. As part of the battle, raids by international coalition aircraft caused the martyrdom of two civilian children north of the city.“
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.
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
May 1, 2020
Aug. 8, 2016, near Manbij, Syria via Airwars report. The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility. 3027/CS291 37SDA065429
Original strike reports
For August 7th-8th 2016, the Coalition reported that “Near Manbij, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions.”