Over 20 civilians in the Syrian cities of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor were killed by airstrikes by the US-led coalition.
According to the Syrian Sana news agency, at least 11 people, mostly women and children, died as a result of the strikes in a settlement near Raqqa, while 11 others belonging to one family were killed in a village north of Deir ez-Zor. Moreover, the airstrikes caused damage to nearby houses and infrastructure.
The coalition’s aerial operation in Syria has repeatedly resulted in casualties among civilians, according to Joint Task Force’s statements and reports by local media and international watchdogs. The coalition admitted that its strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq had left at least 624 civilians dead since the start of the anti-terrorist campaign. However, several NGOs suggested that the actual death toll as a result of the strikes could be higher.
The Raqqa operation supported by the US-led coalition is conducted on the ground by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) opposition fighters. According to UN estimations, as of today about 20,000 innocent civilians remain trapped in the besieged city, many of whom are looking for any opportunity to flee the warzone.