Two civilians were reportedly killed when Coalition forces and special forces from the SDF carried out a landing operation in Dhiban, “targeting a house inhabited by people who are not residents of the town”.
Deir Ezzor reported that “a number of wanted persons were killed and a number of others managed to escape. Others were also arrested” and added that “In addition, two civilians were killed: (Ghiath Latif Al-Fawzi Al-Hafl – Majed Mahmoud Al-Hafl) after they went out to explore what happened.” According to Halab Today TV, the victims were from the same family.
While most sources are unclear about the cause of death, the Syrian Human Rights Committee claimed that the victims were shot by SDF forces.
In their January 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that the allegation provided insufficient information on the timing and location of the strike to make a determination.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Reports of the incident mention the village of Diban (ديبان), for which the coordinates are: 35.0162094, 40.5101418
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jan 3, 2020
September 20, 2019, in Dhiban Town, Syria, via Airwars report. The allegation provided insufficient detail to identify a specific date, time, or location to search for corroborating Coalition action. 2780/CS1933 37SFU294817