One or two civilians died and up to five others others were injured in an alleged Coalition airstrike on Raqqa, according to local sources.
Smart News Agency reported that “likely” Coalition strikes killed two civilians and injured another five, in addition to killing one member of IS and wounding two more.
Smart reported “a local source said that the planes carried out three raids on Al Fouroussiya Hotel, near the Faculty of Arts, and Al Thakana neighbourhood in the city of Al-Raqqa”.
Albosleh and Mepanorama (both pro-regime sources) produced identical reports which are very similar to Smart.
The Syrian Observatory reported the death of one non-combatant and injury of “others”, though it didn’t say who was responsible.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
Sources (4) [ collapse]
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
Dec 28, 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 this strike. (1274)
Original strike reports
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.”
For April 2nd-3rd, the Coalition reported: "Near Ar Raqqah, one strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a fighting position."