According to Syria's Sana news agency, a state controlled organisation but that's as good as it gets for news sources in Syria as there are no western reporters in that area now, at least 35 civilians, most of whom were women and children, have been killed this week in air strikes carried out by the US led coalition air forces. Numerous serious injuries have also been reported.
The non combatants were killed in coalition airstrikes on Thursday evening (25 May), according to Sana. The UN’s human rights chief has, somewhat ineffectually, called on all sides to take greater care to protect civilian lives in the war-torn country.
The airstrikes in Deir-ez-Zor province hit the market in the city of Mayadeen, which is where most of the civilians were killed or injured, as well as completely destroying a four-story building that was, news agency reported.
A spokesman for the US-led coalition confirmed that its forces carried out airstrikes near Mayadeen on Thursday and Friday. No comments were offered on the success of the raids or on casualty numbers.
The coalition forces "are very much pushed by the advance of the Syrian army and its allies, including Russia and Iran, and they need to clear the way for the forces that they support as quickly as possible," Ammar Waqqaf, director of Gnosos, a UK think-tank that focuses on crises in the Middle East told RT. In other words, while Russia and Iran, alongside the army of President Assad's Syrian government are trying to defeat the terrorists of ISIS, Al Nusra and Daesh, the USA and its allies are still supporting some terrorist groups and prioritizing the overthrow of Assad. The whole Syrian civil war, from its befinning has really been another failed regime change exercise engineered by the CIA.
Waqqaf said, ”because the US and its coalition partners seem to be desperate to clear the way, they are not checking their intelligence more diligently,” adding, that the cost of civilian lives "to this sort of enterprise is raising by the day.”
Meanwhile, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights has called on all forces operating in Syria to be more careful to correctly distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilians when conducting airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
“The rising toll of civilian deaths and injuries already caused by airstrikes in Deir-ez-Zor and Al-Raqqa suggests that insufficient precautions may have been taken in the attacks,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said in a Friday statement, as quoted by Reuters.
Hussein was referring to airstrikes carried out in mid-May that he said killed nearly two dozen farmworkers – most women – in a village in eastern Raqqa, as well as at least 59 civilians in residential areas of Deir al-Zor.
The UN human rights spokesman also described some of the atrocities committed by ISIS in the region, noting that “scant attention is being paid by the outside world to the appalling predicament of the civilians trapped in these areas.” His comments came just one day after a Pentagon investigation admitted that more than 100 civilians had been killed in a US airstrike in Iraq in March, but largely placed the blame on IS.
According to evidence, the airstrike on a building in Mosul’s al-Jadida neighborhood triggered secondary explosions from devices planted by IS fighters. The investigation also states that the episode began when two ISIS snipers began firing at troops from Iraq, prompting the US-led coalition to respond with the airstrike (seems like overkill but there we go).
The US-led coalition has increased the number of bombs dropped on ISIS positions this year, according to statistics from the US Air Forces Central Command. Figures show a total of 14,192 rockets, bombs, and other devices were dropped in the first four months of 2017, up from 9,442 during the same period in 2016.
The increased number of airstrikes “can be attributed to the increased pace of operations in both Iraq and Syria as we target and destroy ISIS,” Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart, a spokesman for Air Force Central Command said on Tuesday, as quoted by USA Today.
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