Euphrates Post reported the death of “Haj Hamad Taha al-Salem from the town of Suwaydan Jazira, who was killed as a result of air strikes targeting the perimeter of Al-Huda mosque (also known as al-Sayyid mosque)”. The victim was also named by Asharq al Arabi.
According to Al Araby al Jadid, “a civilian was killed and another was wounded as a result of aerial bombardment by the International Alliance on the village of Suweidan Jazira”.
Euphrates Post also reported that for the fifth day there had been “violent clashes” between the SDF and ISIS. It added that the Coalition had been carrying out airstrikes.
In December 2018, the Coalition announced that it had classed the event as non credible due to a lack of available evidence of civilian harm: “Dec. 9, 2017, near Suwaidin Jazeera, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike.”
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]
Reports of the incident mention the village of Suwaydan Jazeera (سويدان جزيرة), for which the coordinates are: 34.9013889,40.5897222. The alleged Coalition airstrike targeted the area around the mosque known as Al Huda or Al Sayyid (الهدى/السيد), for which the coordinates are: 34.898278,40.593731
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Dec 30, 2018
Dec. 9, 2017, near Suwaidin Jazeera, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of available information and strike video it was assessed that there is insufficient evidence to find civilians were harmed in this strike.
Original strike reports
For December 8th-9th, the Coalition reported: “Near Abu Kamal, two strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a tactical vehicle and a fighting position.”