Local sources alleged that the International Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out an airstrike that struck the home of ISIS leader Ragheb Hussein al-Hindoura at dawn, and claimed that the airstrike killed between 10 to 15 relatives in the house adjacent to Hassan’s house and wounded others. The dead and wounded relatives were reported as civilians.
According to one source, Hassan refused to surrender to Coalition forces and opened fire, which escalated the situation and prompted the Coalition forces to shell his house after it was besieged by SDF forces, resulting in one member of the SDF killed and two others wounded.
Deir Ezzor 24 reported: “Special sources confirmed that the aircraft of the International Coalition bombed the house of the leader of Da`esh Hassan Ibrahim, killing 15 civilians, and wounded others.”
According to Step News, not 15 but 10 civilians were killed in the attack. The source added that five ISIS members were wounded in addition to two members of SDF.
Euphrates Post however, reported that these allegations were false. The source claimed:
“All the news reported by some media about the killing of two civilians during the raid and aerial landing carried out by the SDF supported by the international coalition forces in the village of Al-Takihi at dawn today is not true. The operation resulted in the killing of the leader of the state organization Ragheb Hussein Al-Hindoura and injury of his wife only and the arrest of two of his father’s brothers and two others who are unknown”.
In response, Deir Ezzor 24 reported that it received new information from military sources that Ragheb Hussein Ahmed al-Ibrahim was a security official for ISIS in several area’s of Deir Ezzor countryside, especially the area known as the Triangle “Al-Bassirah – Ash-Shahil – Al-Tukayhi”. The source added that the member of the SDF killed was named Abdul Hamid al-Faihan.
Orient added: “It is noteworthy that the international coalition forces carried out dozens of landings in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, targeting elements, leaders and cells”.
In September 2019 the Coalition announced that it had assessed this allegation of civilian harm to be non-credible. Their monhtly civilian casualty report noted, “After a review of available information it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties.”
The incident occured around dawn.