Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported the death of one civilians “as a result of a raid by international coalition aircraft on the town of Hamra Ghanem”.
Local news source Sharaf News also reported a few days later that “Activists from Raqqa said that international coalition aircraft targeted the house of Bashir Yusuf al-Sultan in the village of Hamra Ghanem in the eastern Raqqa, where four martyrs and many wounded civilians were killed, with the destruction of the targeted house.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Nora Hamoud al-Jazaa Age unknown killed
Sources (2) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the village of Hamra Ghanem (حمرة غانم), east of Raqqa. The coordinates for Hamra Ghanem are: 35.9375, 39.144167.
Attached to this civilian harm incident is a provisional reconciliation of the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, based on matching date and locational information.
The declassified documents were obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, and are included 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. (1328)
Original strike reports
For April 13th-14th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqa, four strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions. Near Tabqah, two strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units, destroyed a fighting position, and damaged a supply route.“
For April 14th – 15th: the Coalition reported “Near Raqqa, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions and a weapons cache. Near Tabqa, one strike suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.“