Between 12 and 30 civilians – mostly women – were killed when alleged Coalition airstrikes hit al A’Keirshi village in the countryside of Raqqa, according to local media.
The victims were reportedly farm workers who were travelling in three cars to their place of work when they were struck by the air raid.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently and Euphrates Post, which provided the most extensive coverage of the incident, both reported that 22 people were killed.
According to Alhasaka Alarabea, at least 20 people died, while Q_Alenzy referred to the victims as “cotton workers”, reporting that they were returning from work when their cars were struck.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Syran Network for Human Rights both out the death toll lower, at at least 12. At least eight others were reported wounded by RBSS.
Al Hasaka Rasd reported that “20 female agricultural workers” died in the Coalition strike, while the Smart News Network – citing Reuters – put the death toll as high as 30, of which it said 22 were women.
Euphrates Post listed two female internally displaced people in addition to the victims mentioned below.
RBSS named one of the victims (and provided a picture) as:
Nawwaf Mohammed Al Turki al Sawa’an [M] – Al Ragga Truth also named him, saying he died when Coalition planes targeted his motorbike.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Kafaa Ali al Saleh al Mustapha Adult female killed
- Sumaya Khalaf al Saleh al Hamoud al Mustapha Adult female killed
- Sabreen Ahmad al Hamoud al Mustapha Adult female killed
- Rakiya Hassoud al Ahmad Adult female killed
- Khazna Al Abboud Al Hussein Adult female killed
- The daughter of Khalaf Al Jassem al Hamoud Adult female killed
- Hanan al Faisal al Khalaf Al Turki Adult female killed
- Jaziya al Al Jassem al Saleh al Tammas Adult female killed
- Maha al Abboud al Hussein Adult female killed
- Mohammad al Ali al Ahmad al Saleh Adult female killed
- Nawwaf Mohammed Al Turki al Sawa’an 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
Sep 1, 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 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.”