Child killed by SDF personnel in al Sh-heil city in Deir Ez-Zour suburbs on December 28

A child from al Sh-heil city in the eastern suburbs of Deir Ez-Zour governorate, named as Saed Allawi Mas’oud al Khzeim, was shot dead by Syrian Democratic Forces personnel in the city on December 28, 2020. SNHR notes that the SDF has committed a violation of international humanitarian law through this indiscriminate killing, for which the perpetrator must be held accountable.


* According to information we received at the time, we published a news report stating that Saed Allawi Mas’oud al Khzeim who was shot dead by SDF personnel in al Sh-heil city in Deir Ez-Zour suburbs on December 28, was a man, understanding him to be an adult.
Following subsequent investigation, we have confirmed that the victim was, in fact, a 17-year-old boy. We have edited the news accordingly as of December 30, 2020.