Erbil – The US-led coalition said on Thursday that at least 173 civilians have been killed by coalition airstrikes since the start of operations against the Islamic State (ISIS).
“[We] have assessed it as more likely than not that, since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve, 173 civilians have been inadvertently killed by coalition strikes,” the multinational coalition said in a statement.
“We regret the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from coalition efforts to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes,” it added.
During the month of October, the coalition received 18 reports of possible civilian casualties resulting from coalition air raids in Iraq and Syria. “Twelve of these reports were determined to be non-credible, three were determined to be credible, and three reports are still being assessed,” the coalition said.
The coalition stressed that while its air forces make extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some cases casualties are unavoidable.
“Four past reports of possible civilian casualties and three of the reports received in October were determined to be credible, resulting in the unintended death of 54 civilians,” it said.
These credible reports documented airstrikes in the Syrian cities of Sala Heya, Shaddadi, Manbij, Taltanah, and one airstrike in Iraq, near Fasitiyah town.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News
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