US strike in Syria targets 'senior' militant - US military

The strikes targeted Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a "senior leader" of al-Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Din.

TRUCKS CARRY belongings of people fleeing Maarat al-Numan, in northern Idlib, Syria, this week. (photo credit: REUTERS/MAHMOUD HASSANO)
TRUCKS CARRY belongings of people fleeing Maarat al-Numan, in northern Idlib, Syria, this week.
(photo credit: REUTERS/MAHMOUD HASSANO)

The United States carried out a strike in Syria's Idlib province on Monday that targeted a senior leader of an al-Qaeda-aligned militant group, the US military said.

The strikes targeted Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a "senior leader" of al Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Din, while he was traveling alone on a motorcycle, the US military statement said.

 EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A military device lies on the ground on February 3, 2022 following an overnight raid by US special operations forces against suspected jihadists in Atme, in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib which left at least nine people dead, including three civilians.  (credit:  MUHAMMAD HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images) EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A military device lies on the ground on February 3, 2022 following an overnight raid by US special operations forces against suspected jihadists in Atme, in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib which left at least nine people dead, including three civilians. (credit: MUHAMMAD HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images)

It added that an initial review did not indicate civilian casualties.

The Syrian Civil Defence, a humanitarian organization, said in a tweet that a man was killed shortly before midnight after his motorcycle was targeted with two rockets, adding it has transferred the body to the forensic department in Idlib city.