Local sources reported the death of three civilians following an alleged Coalition drone or air strike on a fire engine which was passing along the road between Al Jazara and Khatouniya.
The local news agency reported: “A local source told the Smart correspondent on Thursday that three civilian workers were killed in an air strike likely to be an international coalition on a road west of the city of Raqqa, northeast of Syria. The sources pointed out that an unmanned aircraft targeted a fire engine belonging to the Islamic Civil Defense Organization, as it passed the road between the villages of Al Khatouniya and Al Jazara killing three workers.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
Sources (4) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the road between the villages of Al Jazara (الجزرة) and Al Khatouniya (الخاتونية, alternative name: Al Saljiya, السلحبية), Raqqa governorate. The coordinates for Al Khantouniya are: 35.9219103, 38.737935.
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. (1322)
Original strike reports
For April 12th-13th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqa seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed a vehicle and a fighting position.”
For April 13th-14th: “Near Raqqa, four strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions.”
Update from UK MoD for Thursday 13 April: ‘Thursday 13 April – Typhoons supported the Syrian Democratic Forces, hitting seven terrorist positions north of Raqqa in Syria…The following day [April 13th], Typhoons patrolled over Raqqa. North of the city, Syrian Democratic Forces reported being in very close combat with a group of seven, strongly defended, Daesh positions. Despite heavy cloud, the Typhoons were able to destroy one position on their first pass, then having confirmed the exact location of the other six targets, struck all of those simultaneously with Paveway IVs on a second pass.