Five to six civilians died when a Coalition drone strike targeted a car allegedly belonging to members of Deash in the al Jameli neighborhood of Raqqa, according to local sources. CENTCOM later conceded that “near Ar Raqqah, Syria, during a strike against an ISIL target, it is assessed that five civilians were killed.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported: “A car in the center of Al-Raqqah city the main stronghold of the Islamic State in Syria[was] targeted by a drone“. Step News said two members of Daesh were killed inside the car.
According to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered, an explosion was heard as “a result of a raid by a drone targeting a car near al Jameli building in the city centre.”
Raqqa Post also reported that five named civilians died, and added: “The international Coalition against Daesh led by Washington launches every now and then drone attacks against Daesh members and HQs in the city and usually these cause casualties among civilians who are living under the fundamentalist regime’s ‘mercy’ – and who are unable to leave the city due to IS forbidding the residents from leaving their lands.”
Shahba Press put the death toll at four, while Raqqa News Network said five died.
Syrian Press Center reported six civilian deaths, including one woman, while Radio al Kul said two were killed.
According to Step News, four civilians who were near the exploding car were killed by shrapnel.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Louay Attoura Adult male killed
- Yusuf Najjar Adult male killed
- Walid al Sheikh Adult male killed
- Abd al Karim al Nayef al Jumaa Adult male killed
- Majed Hussein al Faraj Age unknown male killed
- Ghada abd al Fattah Adult female Wife of Farid Ba’aj, from Deir Ez-Zour killed
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Prior to the Coalition releasing the MGRS for this incident, Airwars had geolocated it to the nearest city at 35.9505639, 39.0094148
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Nov 9, 2016
during a strike against an ISIL target, it is assessed that five civilians were killed.
Original strike reports
For September 10th-11th 2016 the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two supply routes and a vehicle“.