U.S.-led airstrikes kill 15 Syrian civilians in Dayr al-Zawr

Smoke billowing after a US-led coalition airstrike in the western al-Daraiya neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Raqqah.  Photo:  AFP

Damascus, November 5 (RHC)-- At least 15 civilians lost their lives after the U.S.-led warplanes lunched airstrikes against a town in Syria’s troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, media reports say.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local and media sources, reported over the weekend that the coalition’s fighter jets had pounded a residential neighborhood in Hajin, killing 15 people, mostly women and children, and wounding an unspecified number of others.

Late last month, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari confirmed at a UN Security Council meeting that the US-led coalition had once again used white phosphorus bombs against Hajin, some 110 kilometers east of Dayr al-Zawr city.

On October 13, SANA also reported that the U.S.-led coalition, purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, dropped internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs on Hajin.  On September 8, two F-15 warplanes of the U.S. Air Force targeted the same Syrian city with white phosphorous bombs.

In June last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the U.S.-led coalition was deploying white phosphorous bombs in both Iraq and Syria.

The U.S.-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a United Nations mandate.


Furthermore, the military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians.  It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.

Edited by Pavel Jacomino



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