The Netherlands' defence minister has announced that the government is paying an undisclosed sum to an Iraqi man who lost four family members and his home in Mosul when they were hit by a Dutch air strike in 2015 after the building was wrongly identified as an Islamic State target.
Ank Bijleveld-Schouten said in a letter to MPs that the payment is intended to compensate Bassim Razzo for "the enormous human suffering that has befallen him and the material damage he has suffered as a result of this weapon use".
Liesbeth Zegveld, the Dutch lawyer representing Razzo, said his wife and daughter, his brother and cousin were all killed in the air strike on September 21, 2015, when his house was bombed by Dutch F-16 jets involved in US-led coalition operations against IS.
The house was identified as a target based on faulty intelligence.
Razzo, who now lives in the Iraqi city of Irbil, was driving when he heard the news.
"He had to stop. He had tears in his eyes," Zegveld said.
Bijleveld-Schouten said in her letter to parliament that the voluntary payment to Razzo didn't mean the Dutch state is acknowledging liability and that the Defence Ministry believes that the air strike didn't amount to a wrongful use of force.
In a response to an MP's questions in December, Bijleveld-Schouten said that "before and during the mission there were no indications that the intelligence that led to the identification was incorrect".