Up to three civilians were killed in reported Coalition airstrikes around al Tabaqa when a school was hit in airstrikes. One of the casualtiies was said to be a special needs person.
According to Smart News, “A local source said the [Coalition] planes bombed the area of the villas and Muhammad Al Fares school in Al Thaleth [the third] neighbourhood in al Tabaqa. A medical source explained that two dead and three wounded civilians were brought to the national hospital in Tabaqa – one of them someone with special needs.” Syrian Mirror said some of those injured were in a critical condition.
Syria News Desk – which said two civilians died and four were injured, noted that the airstrike “also led to the complete destruction of two houses and material damage to a number of shops and other property.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
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Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.
The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Feb 22, 2018
After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.
Original strike reports
For January 29th-30th the Coalition publicly reported that Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes destroyed a front-end loader, an ammunition factory, an oil pump jack and an oil storage tank; and damaged a supply route.”