A child was reported killed, in addition to two leaders from al-Qaeda affiliated Hurras Addin group, and other civilians reported injured after a US drone allegedly struck two cars simultaneously (or one car) in Arab Said/Sa’eed town, west of Idlib in Syria on October 15th, 2020.
@DRovera tweeted a statement by the UN that two humanitarian workers and their driver were injured by a shrapnel caused by the attack.
Euphrates Post named the two Jihadi leaders killed as Abu Tharr Al-Masri (possibly the main target of the attack), and Abu Yousuf Al-Maghribi. However, the child hasn’t been identified. A local source said the two men, and their companions, were killed in the attack but it is unclear if that refers to the child or to other people.
Sham Network said that the car was struck with a guided missile which completely burned the car.
Local sources blamed the Coalition for the incident. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “Two Arab jihadists and a child were killed this evening, after their car, Santa Fe, was targeted by a drone believed to be affiliated to the International Coalition on the road to Arab Said [Saeed], west of Idlib city. The fatalities’ bodies have been burned almost completely.”
However, Fox News reported from Maj. Beth Riordan, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command in a statement to that ““U.S. forces conducted a strike against Al Qaeda in Syria in the vicinity of Idlib, Syria, Oct. 15. AQ-S continues to present a threat to America and our allies.”, which means the attack was a uniliteral US action.
No further details are available at the moment.
The incident occured in the afternoon.
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Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck at an intersection in the vicinity of Arab Saeed (عرب سعيد) town. According to one source, @obretix, the exact coordinates for this incident are: 35.960982, 36.529044. Reviewing audio-visual material from the case we can confirm this location to be accurate.