An August 2017 Amnesty International report documented the death of a 60-year-man, who was killed in the Dir’iya neighbourhood in Raqqa city on June 8th.
The report stated that several strikes, both air and artillery, hit the area on June 8th and 9th. Amnesty’s field researchers interviewed Intissar, who told them that her 60-year father, who was mentioned by his first name, was killed “on 14th day of Ramadan” which was on June 8th.
Airwars researchers have so far identified no known public allegations of civilian casualties related to this incident.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Rabi’a 60 years old 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 June 7th-8th: “Near Raqqah, 22 strikes engaged 16 ISIS tactical units and destroyed 12 fighting positions, three vehicles, two ISIS staging areas, an ISIS excavator, an ISIS weapons cache, and an ISIS training camp.” It also added that “On June 7, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed six fighting positions and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.” And that “On June 7, near Raqqah, Syria, one strike destroyed an ISIS minefield.”
For June 8th-9th, the Coalition reported: “Near Raqqah, nine strikes engaged eight ISIS tactical units and destroyed six fighting positions, three vehicles and a mortar system.“