The son of a prominent tribal leader in Deir Ezzor was mistakenly killed on September 20 by the U.S.-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) during a security operation.
The victim Majed Jameel Mahmoud Jadaan al-hafal is the son of Sheikh Jameel al-hafal, a prominent leader of the Al Uqaydat tribe.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the incident took place when units of the coalition and the SDF stormed the town of Diban in eastern Deir Ezzor in the early hours of the morning to arrest ISIS operatives.
“Two citizens were killed when the SDF opened fire at them because they left their house to see what was going on in the area,” the UK-based monitoring group said.
Local sources identified the second victim as Ghiath Altif Fawzi Abdulmohsen al-Hafal, the nephew of Sheikh Jameel al-hafal.
Pro-government activists said that Sheikh Jameel al-hafal was later arrested by the U.S.-led coalition. However, this is yet to be confirmed.
The U.S.-led coalition and the SDF have ignored the incident, so far. In the last few months, many civilians were killed in similar operations. However, the coalition is yet to improve its procedures.