Between midnight and 5 am on the morning of April 13th, an alleged US-led Coalition airstrike struck a house in Al-Takihi in northern Deir Ezzor and killed five people, local sources reported. According to Jisir TV, the operation was carried out by several Apache helicopters and Hummer vehicles.
Al Masdar reported that “during the raid, the U.S. military came under heavy gunfire from the suspected Islamic State fighters inside the home” but that “eventually, the U.S. military was able to overwhelm them, killing five suspects, including one woman.”
It is unclear at this time whether all the victims were members of ISIS or not. The house reportedly belonged to a member of ISIS, who was hiding inside. Among the victims were two former ISIS members who, according to Deir Ezzor 24, had “defected” several months ago. The two victims were brothers of the house owner, according to local sources.
Two other men and a woman with Iraqi nationality were reported killed as well. Local news outlets Baladi and Jorf claimed these three were also members of ISIS. Considering that ISIS does not recruit women, she is considered a non-combatant and will therefore be included in the civilian casualty count of Airwars.
Step News added that eight others were wounded.
A number of people were also reported arrested. According to Step News, the father of the two brothers was arrested. Jisir TV added that his other son Ra’ed was arrested as well. According to Al Masdar, however, the “U.S. military” arrested eight of the suspects, who the source reported “of Iraqi and Syrian descent”. The eight arrested people could have been among the eight wounded.
The incident occured between 12:00 am and 5:00 am local time.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
Sources (9) [ collapse]
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Original strike reports
Awaiting Coalition report.