Local media reported that the US-led Coalition bombed the al Hashim mosque in al Soussa. However, it was unclear whether the 29 to 33 people reported killed were civilians or members of ISIS.
The Step News Agency said that the strike was carried out at dawn on October 1st, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the mosque was severely damaged and rendered inoperable.
Step News added that there were” reports of dead and injured” people – but didn’t give their combatant status.
According to Smart News, 29 people were killed in the raid – but, again, this source didn’t state whether these were members of ISIS or civilians.
The Syrian Observatory “monitored the killing of 33 ISIS members in its last enclave east of Euphrates”. Athr Press instead stated that ” A number of civilians were killed and others were injured when International Alliance aircraft targeted the Al-Hashim” mosque in the town of Al-Sousse, east of Deir Al-Zour, with a number of raids.”
In the second of their September 2020 civilian casualty reports, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.
The incident occured around dawn.
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US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Sep 9, 2020
Oct. 1, 2018, in Al Soussa, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 3191/CS1802 37SFU797230
Original strike reports
For October 1st 2018, the US led Coalition stated the following: “On Oct. 1 in Syria, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of 10 engagements against ISIS targets. Near Abu Kamal, four strikes engaged one tactical unit, and destroyed one vehicle, one mortar tube and two supply routes.”