Eight civilians including four children and two women died in an alleged Coalition airstrike on the al Mukhtalata area in Raqqa’a al Sina’a neighbourhood, local media reported.
According to the Syrian Press Center, “Coalition forces continue to commit the worst massacres against civilians in the city of Raqqa, under the pretext of eliminating terrorism. A massacre that killed eight martyrs and many wounded were carried out after targeting a mixed area with several air strikes. The International Alliance aircraft committed a massacre, two days ago, in Al Mukhtalata area in the industrial district in the city of Raqqa, which led to the deaths of 8 civilians, including four children and a woman.”
The Syrian Network for Human Rights, who also blamed the Coalition, put the death toll at eight, including four children and two women.
Multiple sources – all attributing the event to the Coalition – named eight victims.
The Amnesty and Airwars’s joint April 2019 report “War in Raqqa: Rhetoric versus Reality” reported that an entire family of eight were killed when their family home was hit. On the ground field research reported that Najma, sister of Faddawi and his daughter Najahm, says strike was 15th. However, Ramadhan but says it was Thursday at 9pm. She was at her cousin’s across the road.
Najma’s testimony stated “We were together and then I went to my cousins’ house across the road and my brother’s house was bombed and they were all killed. Why did they kill innocent people?”
In their monthly civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition has indicated that the credibility of this civilian harm allegation is in the process of being assessed.
The incident occured at 9:00 pm local time.
The victims were named as:
Family members (8)
- Faddawi Majim al-Nasser 60s years old male killed
- Aida Mohammed 50s years old female wife of Faddawi Majim al-Nasser killed
- Mahmoud 35 years old male son of Faddawi Majim al-Nasser killed
- Soumaya 20s years old female wife of Mahmoud killed
- Hisham Mahmoud Fadawi Al Nasser 5 years old male killed
- Reem Mahmoud Fadawi Al Nasser 4 years old female killed
- Nour Mahmoud Fadawi al Nasser 8 years old female killed
- Duaa Mahmoud Fadawi al Nasser 20 days old years old female killed
- Eidah Mohammed Rahil Age unknown male killed
Sources (8) [ collapse]
Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]
A building was struck at 35.947746, 39.032995. According to Amnesty research it was the family home of said victims.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jul 26, 2018
After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike.
Original strike reports
For June 9th-10th: “Near Raqqah, 20 strikes engaged 12 ISIS tactical units; destroyed seven fighting positions, four vehicles, three ISIS headquarters, a VBIED, and an ISIS-held building; and suppressed an ISIS tactical unit.“ It additionally added that “On June 9, near Raqqah, Syria, nine strikes engaged three ISIS tactical units and destroyed four fighting positions, two VBIEDs, two weapons caches, and an ISIS staging area.”
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