One civilian male died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the corn dryer area in Raqqa, according to local sources.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported that “Mohamad al Salem was martyred following international coalition raids this afternoon on the area of the corn dryer north of the city of Raqqa.”
The Syrian Network for Human Rights also named the victim, reporting that he was killed when “international Coalition warplanes missiles fired on the al Mojaffaf area north of Raqqa city on April 1, 2017.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Mohamad al Salem Adult male killed
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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
Nov 30, 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 March 31st-1st April, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, four strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit; destroyed a weapons storage facility and a VBIED; and damaged a bridge.”
For April 1st – April 2nd, the Coalition reported: “Near Ar Raqqah, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed eight barges and five fighting positions; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.”