Saturday, June 24, 2017

US-led strikes in Syria 'kill 472 civilians in a month'

At least 472 civilians, including 137 children, have been killed during the past month of US-led coalition air raids in Syria, a monitoring group said.

The [so-called] Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on September 23, 2014.

The UK-based monitor said the deaths were mainly in the provinces of Deir Az Zor and Raqqa. Raqqa City is the self-declared capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Syria.

The SOHR's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the fatalities included 222 civilians in Deir Az Zor, in eastern Syria, and 250 others in the north-eastern province of Raqqa.

"This is the highest civilian death toll in the US alliance air strikes since they [the coalition] began bombing in the country on September 23, 2014," Abdel-Rahman said.

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