One woman was injured in a Coalition airstrike on Abu Shajara, according to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS).
Qasioun reported that “Syrian forces took control of the villages of al-Sahl, al-Hawrah, Abu Shajra, al-Barouda, and al-Baraka” and that this “came in the wake of clashes between the two sides, in conjunction with the artillery shelling and missile interception” – but there were no reports of casualties.
No further details are currently available.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Sources (2) [ collapse]
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
Mar 28, 2018
The report contains insufficient information of the time, location and details to assess its credibility
Original strike reports
For May 30th-31st, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, four strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units and destroyed a fighting position and a VBIED.” And in addition it was stated that “Near Raqqah, Syria, a strike destroyed an ISIS command and control node.”
For May 31st-June 1st, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, 14 strikes engaged nine ISIS tactical units and destroyed eight fighting positions, two vehicles, two anti-air artillery systems, a front-end loader, and a tactical vehicle."
"Wednesday 31 May – Tornados and Typhoons struck two terrorist targets in western Mosul, and one near Raqqa… The RAF is continuing to support Iraqi forces in their effort to liberate western Mosul. While the operating environment in the city is very challenging, particularly given the closely-packed buildings, very narrow streets, and the density of the urban population, our aircrew have continued to deliver precision strikes in close support of Iraqi troops on the ground. Daesh’s current tactics, including the illegal use of civilians as human shields, and fighting from sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighbourhoods, increases the risk to innocent life. While no military operations come without risk, particularly in dense urban environments and against such inhuman Daesh tactics, the RAF continues to take all steps necessary to minimise civilian casualties. Royal Air Force aircraft have continued to conduct intensive operations against Daesh, particularly in western Mosul and around Raqqa. On Wednesday 31 May, Typhoon FGR4s, armed with Paveway IV guided bombs, demolished a terrorist-held building to the west of Raqqa, whilst mixed formations of Tornado GR4s and Typhoons patrolled over Mosul, where they used two Brimstone missiles to engage Daesh positions which Iraqi security forces had encountered."