At least five and as many as 20 civilians were reported killed and 53 injured after heavy alleged Coalition, Russian and/or Syrian regime night time strikes on Raqqa. Most sources allege that these were Coalition and regime raids – with the Coalition responsible for those after midnight and the regime for early morning strikes.
Coalition aircraft were reportedly flying in the vicinity immediately prior to the first attack, which happened just before midnight. One of those targeted was Fawaz al-Hassan, alias Abu Ali al Sahri, a Shariah judge in the city who had terrorised the civilian population.
However, one source, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, reported that Russia was to blame. The initial SN4HR report said: “On 10 April 2016, alleged Russian warplanes shelled missiles at Al Thaqana in Al Raqqa city under the control of ISIL which killed 5 individuals from one family including 1 female child and a woman.” SN4HR subsequently reported that “alleged Russian warplanes” fired missiles which targeted the National Hospital in the Al Thakana neighborhood in the center of the city, killing three civilians, including two women, one of whom was a nurse. They added that the northern part of the building was destroyed and the hospital out of service.
However Raqqa is being Slaughtered attributed the attacks to both Coalition and Assad regime aircraft:
“Coalition planes targeted the city around 04:40am and regime planes targeted the city around 08:30am and between them the raids targeted the following areas:
2-the teachers’ residential building near the pool
3-the commerical shops near the youth club
4-the obstertrics hospital
5-the women’s art school
6- two raids targeted al Nai’m the first on the roundabout and the second the MTN building
7-a building opposite the chamber of commerce
8-the new Party building near the national hospital
9-Al Ri’aya building
10- a building near al Fatat [the girl] school.
11-a building near the modern medicine hospital [which contains a generator and the raid led to the fuel burning]
It is noteworthy that water and electricity to the city have been cut off, and the city is empty of people as a result of fear of warplanes.”
Shaam News also reported that “Coalition aircraft launched about 19 raids and Assad’s planes about eight.”
The IS agency Al Amaq also blamed the Coalition.
The local time of the incident is unknown.