Up to eighteen civilians including nine children and three women died in alleged Coalition airstrikes in Tabaqa, according to multiple local sources.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reported that “the family of Ali Abu Aish was killed after they were targeted by a coalition plane with machine gun fire while they were trying to leave Al Tabaqa.” The group later said that as many as 17 civilians were killed, reporting that they died “as a result of the targeting by international coalition aircraft of civilian cars as the cars tried to get out of the city of Al Tabaqa which is besieged by the Kurdish militias.”
Step News Agency was among other sources attributing the incident to the Coalition. It said that the death toll had risen to 11. According to Al Jazeera, which also put the death toll at 11 including eight from one family, the Coalition carried out a raid “near the School of Industry” while another strike “targeted a car of a family trying to flee the city.” Syrian Press Center and Qasioun put the death toll as high as 18.
RBSS named 17 victims.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (6)
- Abd al Salam Ali Abu al Aish 6 months years old killed
- Ali Abd al Salam Abu al Aish 3 years old killed
- Mounir Ali Abu al Aish 5 years old killed
- Wafaa Abu al Aish 15 years old killed
- A’rifa Abu al Aish 23 years old killed
- Khawla Abu al Aish 40 years old killed
Family members (3)
- Riham Abd al Aziz 23 years old killed
- Hiba Abdel Aziz 9 years old killed
- Mohammad Khaled Abdel Aziz 9 months years old male killed
Family members (3)
- Radwan Haj Hammoud Age unknown male
- The wife of Radwan Haj Hammoud Age unknown female killed
- The daughter in law of Radwan Haj Hammoud female
- Mo’awiya al Zalam 2 years old killed
- Fatima Karsouh 41 years old killed
Sources (30) [ 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
Aug 4, 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 April 23rd-24th, the Coalition reported: “Near Tabqah, 12 strikes engaged 10 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, one tactical vehicle, one ISIS vehicle, one heavy machine gun, and a command and control node.”
For April 24th-25th, the Coalition reported: “Near Tabqah, seven strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units; destroyed three ISIS command and control nodes, a fighting position, and a heavy machine gun; and suppressed two ISIS tactical units.”