Syria: 29 civilians killed in coalition raids in Raqqa
SYRIA RAQQA Half of the victims belonged to the same family …
The balance sheet is likely to increase due to the serious condition of several wounded. Twenty-nine civilians, including 14 children, have been killed in strikes by the US-led coalition against the city of Raqqa in Syria, where jihadists are resisting an offensive to dislodge them, An NGO on Tuesday.
An alliance of Arab-Kurdish fighters backed by Washington is trying to seize Raqqa (north), where it fights violent fights against Daesh. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters have already captured about half of the main stronghold of the jihadist organization in Syria.
Fourteen of the victims were members of the same family
Since Monday evening, “29 civilians have perished in raids conducted by the Coalition planes in the city of Raqqa”, said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH). Among the victims were nine women and 14 children, the NGO said. Of the 29 dead, 14 were members of the same family, she added.
The anti-aircraft campaign of the international coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria between this Tuesday in its fourth year. It began on August 8 in Iraq and then spread to neighboring Syria. In recent years, the OSDH has attributed several strikes to the international coalition that have caused a large number of civilian casualties.
The United States, for its part, sometimes denies their involvement or say they carry out investigations to check incidents involving civilians. Since 2014, the coalition has recognized the deaths of 624 civilians in the strikes, although some organizations consider that this number is largely underestimated.