The US-Led Coalition, who fights against the Islamic state ISIS militant group, acknowledged on Friday that it killed 28 civilians, which rose the death-toll of civilians in Syria ad Iraq due to the Coalition’s airstrikes to 883 deaths.
The coalition said in a statement “In the month of March, CJTF-OIR carried over 522 open reports of possible civilian casualties from previous months and received 122 new reports resulting from Coalition strikes (artillery or air) in support of partner force operations to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria”.
The statement added “During this period, the Coalition completed the assessment of 49: 46 were assessed to be non-credible, none were assessed to be duplicates of previous reports, and three were assessed to be credible, resulting in 28 unintentional civilian deaths. To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR assesses at least 883 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve. A total of 475 reports are still open”.
“The Coalition conducted a total of 29,307 strikes between August 2014 and end of March 2018. During this period, the total number of reports of possible civilian casualties was 2,136. The total number of credible reports of civilian casualties during this time period was 227”.
“After a thorough review of the facts and circumstances of each civilian casualty report, CJTF-OIR assessed the following 46 reports as non-credible: at this time there is insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties”.