This afternoon, Saturday, 18-05-2019, the international coalition held an extended meeting with the families of the victims of Ash-Shahil and Daman massacre in Deir Ezzor countryside, in Al-Omar oilfield, to discuss the developments about the two massacres.
Sources from within the meeting confirmed that the families of the victims of Ash-Shahil and Daman massacre called on the international coalition to provide evidence that their sons were in contact or cooperation with Daesh in Deir Ezzor countryside.
The sources added that the evidence of the coalition and the SDF was not convincing and does not indicate any links between the victims and Daesh.
The sources noted that the SDF tried to calm the atmosphere, and said that they will restore the right of all those killed by mistake in the landing operations, but the victims’ families demanded the handing over of the persons who killed the civilians in Daman town north of Deir Ezzor.
The victims’ families stressed that what took place in Ash-Shahil and Daman was a mistake, so the international coalition and the SDF have to admit that their information was inaccurate and erroneous.
The international coalition and the SDF, in turn, made a distinction between the two massacres as part of the discussion in the meeting, they accused the victims of Ash-Shahil that they had resisted the international coalition forces during the operation, which resulted in eight deaths, while the coalition confirmed that what happened in Daman village did not witness any resistance from the people.
The victims’ families responded in different way to these accusations that the evidence, presented against the victims to be raided, was not correct, and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice and held accountable.
The meeting was attended by the commander of the international coalition forces in the eastern region, military figures in the SDF and tribal figures including Sheikh Jamil al-Hafel.
The sources confirmed that some of the tribal figures withdrew from the meeting, as they were not satisfied with the evidence provided, and that some Sheikhs took the responsibility of completing the communication with the Coalition about the two massacres of Daman and Ash-Shahil.