Heavy Coalition airstrikes on al Tabaqa resulted in at least one civilian death, according to multiple reports.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered said that “several missiiles fell near Omar al Mukhtar school in al Tabaqa” killing one child and injuring two or more.
According to Step News “B52s launched ten air strikes targeting points in al Fouroussiya, al Mazare’ roundabout and al Funduk and the police generals’ residences and Hankarat; and these are areas that belong to ISIL. Nine missiles also fell south of al A’jrawi roundabout in al Tabaqa which led to the destruction of several houses and casualties, where the sound of explosions shook the city of Raqqa.”
The Syrian Network for Human Rights said a woman and her child were killed in a Coalition strike. Syria News Desk, who also blamed the Coalition, said that one civilian died in the strike and six others were wounded. According to Al Amawi news, a woman died “after being hit in the air raids launched by the international coalition yesterday near Omar al Mukhtar school in al Tabaqa.”
In its June 2017 report the Coalition denied responsibility: “Feb. 16, 2017, near Al Tabqah, Syria, via social media report: After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographic area that correspond to the report of civilian casualties.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, 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
Sep 29, 2017
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 February 15th-16th 2017, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes destroyed three tunnels, an oil pump jack and an oil wellhead.”