Saturday, August 5, 2017

After Bombing Raqqa Hospital, Coalition Airstrikes Reportedly Kill 43 Civilians

Sputnik | Aug 5, 2017

© AP Photo/ Senior Airman Matthew Bruch, US Air Force
The aircraft of the US-led coalition carried out several airstrikes on the residential areas of the Syrian city of Raqqa leaving at least 43 civilians killed and others injured, Sana news agency reported Saturday.

BEIRUT (Sputnik) — The Syrian state-run Sana agency reported citing sources that the coalition airstrikes had also caused damage to the civilian infrastructure.

Earlier in the day, Sana reported citing the deputy head of the local brach of the Red Crescent. that the US-led coalition allegedly struck a Raqqa hospital used exclusively by civilians with banned phosphorus bombs.

This was not the first time the US-led coalition used banned phosphorus bombs in Raqqa airstrikes. In June, the coalition explained to Sputnik that it used white phosphorus to screen and mark targets in Raqqa during the operation to liberate the Syrian city from Daesh.

Syrian media have repeatedly reported about the cases of the US-led coalition shelling of the civilian infrastructure objects leading to casualties.

On Friday, Sana news agency reported that coalition warplanes struck Raqqa leaving a woman and 7 children dead.

The same day, the US-led coalition updated the number civilian casualties in its anti-Daesh operation in Syria and Iraq that has risen to 624 people since the start of the campaign.

Last week, Sana news agency reported several times that civilians were killed in US-led coalition's strikes in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq since 2014. The strikes in Syria are not authorized by the government of President Bashar Assad or the UN Security Council.

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