Between five and nine civilians, including two women and up to seven children, were killed – and up to 45 others were wounded – in alleged Coalition airstrikes in the Shaneina refugee camp to the north of Raqqa city.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) reported that 14-year-old Abdullah Mohammed al Fayad, Abu Zuhri, his wife and his child were among the dead.
Euphrates Post reported that Hassan al Madawar, his wife and his child were also killed in the alleged airstrikes.
Both sources also reported that one civilian had to have his legs amputated as a result of being injured in the airstrikes.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that a 14-year-old boy was killed in the alleged airstrikes, but did not name the victim. It is not clear whether that victim was Abdullah Mohammed al Fayad as named by RBSS or another child. RBSS also reported that al Fayad’s entire family and “the whole family of Hanzal” were injured in the strikes.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights also blamed the Coalition and put the death toll at five including three children and one woman.
Qasioun, who also blamed the Coalition, put the death toll at nine with 23 more wounded.
However, AlJazeera, pointed towards “an aerial bombardment and US artillery”, reporting the death of nine children and injury of 45 more civilians – “mostly children and women”.
A further victim was named as Hiyam Mohammad al Fayyad by Al Raqqa Truth, which reported that he died from injuries sustained in the event.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
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- Abdullah Mohammed al Fayad 14 years old male killed
- Abu Zuhri Adult male killed
- Hassan al Madawar Adult male killed
- Hiyam Mohammad al Fayyad 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
Jan 25, 2018
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 May 12th-13th the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, five strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed two fighting positions, a front-end loader, an ISIS crane, and a house-born improvised explosive device.”