Five civilians including one child and two women died and four others were wounded – some critically – in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the neighbourhoods of al Akrad and al Mashlab in Raqqa, according to local sources.
According to Baladi, “several sources reported from inside the city of Raqqa that international coalition planes killed five civilians, including two women and a child, and wounded several others on Saturday as a result of air strikes targeting al Mashlab and al Akrad neighbourhoods in Raqqa”.
Smart also blamed the Coalition, putting the death toll at five.
Moaaz al adalbe didn’t mention any civilian casualties but confirmed that the PKK approached the Al Mashlad neighbourhood.
The incident was first reported on February 18, 2019 at 3:07 pm by Unknown.
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhoods of Al Akrad (Kurdish name)/Al Thawrah (الثورة) and Al Mashlab (المشلب). The coordinates for Al Akrad are: 35.9630019, 39.0146828. The coordinates for Al Mashlab: 35.9449373, 39.0474701.
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
Oct 27, 2017
The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility.
Original strike reports
For February 17th-18th, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, seven strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed 70 oil barrels, three oil storage tanks, three fighting positions, two oil refinement stills and a weapons storage area; and damaged a bridge.” For February 18th-19th, they reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed four oil storage tanks, three fighting positions, two ISIS-held buildings, two vehicles, a weapons cache, an oil refinement still and a communications station.”