Up to five civilians were reported killed in an alleged Coalition drone strike on Kasret al Sheikh Kom’a.
According to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered, the attack “targeted a car belonging to a leader in Daesh whose name is Hussein Abu Zeid. He was on crutches.” Shaam News said five civilians died in the attack. According to the Syrian Network “an international coalition forces drone fired missiles at Kasrat al Sheikh village located in the southern suburbs of al Raqqa governorate and is under the control of ISIS which resulted in the killing of five civilians at once including one female child and one woman.”
In April 2019, the Coalition accepted responsibility for this event, noting: “Coalition aircraft conducted a strike on Daesh terrorists in a vehicle. Regrettably, one civilian was unintentionally killed and another unintentionally wounded due to their proximity to the strike.”
In July 2019, the Coalition provided Airwars with the location of this incident, accurate to within a 100 metre box.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Prior to the Coalition releasing the MGRS for this incident, Airwars had geolocated it to the nearest village at 35.905278, 38.963889
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Apr 25, 2019
Jan. 7, 2017, near Kasrat Sheikh Al Juma’a, Raqqah, Syria, via Airwars report. Coalition aircraft conducted a strike on Daesh terrorists in a vehicle. Regrettably, one civilian was unintentionally killed and another unintentionally wounded due to their proximity to the strike.
Original strike reports
For January 6th-7th the Coalition publicly reported that “Near Ar Raqqah, 12 strikes [1 British?] engaged eight ISIL tactical units; destroyed 14 oil refinement tanks, seven fighting positions, a VBIED facility, a VBIED, an ISIL-held building, an artillery system, and a bunker system; and damaged two supply routes. Near Ayn Isa, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position and an artillery system.”