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(FNA) ~ Over 20 civilians have been killed or injured in the US-led coalition air raids on in Raqqa province, local sources reported.

The sources reported that the US-led coalition warplanes carried out several combat flights over different neighborhoods of Raqqa city to back up the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), killing a child and injuring 12 others mostly women and children.

In the meantime, 8 civilians were killed and several more were wounded in another air raid of the fighter jets in Raqqa.

Human Rights Watch active in Syria said on Saturday that almost 500 civilians were killed in the US-led collation air raids in Syria last month.

The Human Rights Watch reported that 472 civilians, including 137 children lost their lives in the US-led coalition warplanes’ attacks in Syria form May 23 till June 23.

Relevant reports said on Tuesday that over a dozen other Syrian civilians were killed in another US-led coalition air raid in areas near the border with Iraq.

“At least 12 civilians have reportedly been killed after US coalition fighter jets struck a number of targets in a village next to the Syrian-Iraqi border,” eyewitnesses disclosed.

According to the report, the US-led anti-ISIL coalition warplanes have launched a series of air raids in Hasaka province. In one of the strikes, the bombers struck Tel Hayr village near the Syrian-Iraqi border, killing 12 people, all belonging to one family.

Meantime, the United Nations war crimes investigators reported that the US-led coalition’s aerial back up for the SDF to take control of Raqqa from ISIL have thus far killed hundreds of civilians and displaced tens of thousands more.

The UN investigators said that intensified US-led coalition air raids on ISIL’s strongholds in Raqqa are causing a “staggering loss of civilian life”.

Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the UN Commission of Inquiry, said that intensified coalition airstrikes have killed at least 300 civilians in the Syrian Northern city of Raqqa since March.

He added that “we note in particular that the intensification of air strikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced.”

Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that “the battle for Raqqa is not just about defeating ISIS (ISIL or Daesh), but also about protecting and assisting the civilians who have suffered under ISIL rule for three and a half years.”

“Coalition members and local forces should demonstrate concretely that the lives and rights of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Raqqa are a parallel priority in the offensive,” Fakih added.

Pentagon chief James Mattis has recently said that the US is “accelerating the tempo” of the fight against ISIL, and that civilian deaths should be anticipated as a “fact of life”.

The comments came after new figures from war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights found that the last four-week period was the deadliest for Syrian civilians on record since the US-led coalition bombing campaign began in 2014.

Meanwhile, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien announced that over 100 Syrian civilians have been killed as a result of the airstrikes of the US-led coalition in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir Ezzur in recent weeks.

Based on reports, since the first days of 2017 hundreds of civilians have been killed in the US-led coalition’s airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

The US army had previously claimed that only 220 civilians were killed in the air attacks of the coalition under its command in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

The US command also noted that it could not investigate all reports of possible civilian casualties using “traditional investigative methods,” which involves interviewing witnesses and examining the site of the strike.

Instead, the coalition interviewed pilots and servicemen that took part in combat missions to draw results. The US command also reviewed strike surveillance videos and analyzed government and non-governmental organizations’ traditional and social media content.

11 citizens killed, tens injured in terrorist attacks in Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Damascus countryside

(26/6/2017) ~ A person was killed and two others were injured on Monday due to terrorist attack with a rocket shell on Harfa village in the southwestern countryside of Damascus.

SANA reporter said that Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist groups positioned in Bait Jenn Farm fired a rocket shell on the farmers’ fields in Harfa village, killing one person, injuring two others, and causing a fire to erupt in a number of olive trees.

Meanwhile, 13 persons were injured due to rocket shells fired by armed groups on residential neighborhoods in Damascus in a new violation of the Russian memorandum on de-escalation zones.

A source at Damascus Police command told SANA that the armed groups positioned in the Eastern Ghouta area in Damascus Countryside targeted on Monday Sheikh Saad neighborhood in al-Mazzeh area and al-Abassyieen area with mortar shells , injuring 7 persons, and causing material damage to some houses and shops.

The source added that the armed groups fired a rocket shell which struck a car in Dummar area, injuring 6 people and burning the car, and that material damage to properties was caused by a shell which fell in Dweila’a residential area.


(25/6/2017) ~ One civilian was killed and others were injured in a mortar attack by ISIS terrorists on Deir Ezzor city.

SANA’s correspondent in Deir Ezzor said that one civilian was killed and 20 more were injured due to an attack by ISIS terror organization with mortar shells on al-Qusour and al-Joura neighborhoods in the city.


(24/6/2017) ~ 9 civilians were killed and 45 others were injured in terrorist mortar attacks by ISIS on the besieged neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor.

SANA reporter said Saturday that the ISIS terrorists fired during the past 24 hours a number of mortar rounds at al-Qusour neighborhood and its surroundings in the city, killing 9 people including 2 children, and injuring 45 others.

The source added that the terrorist attacks caused material damage to some houses and  public and private properties of the citizens.

20 citizens injure in a terrorist rocket shell on al-Forqan neighborhood in Aleppo

Meanwhile, 20 citizens were injure in a terrorist rocket shell on al-Forqan neighborhood in Aleppo city, where a heavily populated market is located, on the eve of Eid al-Fitr.

A source at Aleppo Police Command said that the rocket shell landed after midnight on al-Forqan market, injuring 20 citizens, some of them are in a critical condition.

The source clarified that the rocket shell was fired from the western countryside of the province.


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