Several civilians died and were injured in airstrikes and/or an artillery bombardment on the al Tayyar and old bridge area of Raqqa. It is currently unclear from reports who was responsible, though there were allegations against the US-led Coalition.
The Step News Agency reported that “several civilians” died in a strike by the Coalition, but Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently didn’t identify the warplane responsible for the raid.
According to an initial report by Smart News, there were “dead and wounded as a result of an aerial bombardment likely by the International Alliance on the neighborhoods of al Tayyar and the vicinity of the old bridge in the city of Raqqa”.
However, a subsequent report blamed “airstrikes and artillery shelling”. The report didn’t name the culprit, while Akhbaralan reported that the SDF were shelling in the area.
Baladi reported that the Coalition targeted the isir Qadim area, while according to Qasioun, “The [coalition] raids targeted river crossing boats in the area linking Jisir Qadim and Jisir Hadeeth, often used by civilians to move between the banks of the Euphrates River, in addition to the Sabaheya checkpoint of the organization, killing eight members of the organization [IS].”
Q_Alenzy said that a number of civilian vehicles were burnt in Coalition strikes on Jisir Qadim.
In June 2019 the Coalition announced that it assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible, noting “After a review of all available strike records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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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
Jun 27, 2019
Jun. 3, 2017, near Raqqa, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available strike records it was determined that, more likely than not, civilian casualties did not occur as a result of a Coalition strike.
Original strike reports
For June 2nd-June 3rd the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, 10 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 vehicles, five fighting positions, four tactical vehicles, two VBIEDs and an ammunition cache.” It also later added that on June 2nd “Near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed three fighting positions.”
For June 3rd-June 4th, the Coalition reported: "Near Raqqah, 16 strikes engaged seven ISIS tactical units; destroyed 17 fighting positions, three vehicles, and an ISIS excavator; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit." For June 3rd, the Coalition added: "Near Raqqah, Syria, three strikes engaged six ISIS tactical units, destroyed 10 fighting positions, and damaged one ISIS-held building"