Air Strike by US-led Coalition in Syria Kills Dozens of Civilians Near Raqqa

by Sojourner Staff

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based information office which documents human rights abuses in Syria, is reporting that up to 33 civilians have been killed in an air strike carried out by the US-led coalition currently targeting ISIS.

The attack took place earlier in the week near al-Mansoura, a village outside of the ISIS-held city of Raqqa. The target was a school which was sheltering families displaced by fighting in other cities like Aleppo and Raqqa.

In a comment to The Independent, US Central Command claimed no knowledge of those specific details:

“We have no indication that an air strike struck civilians near Raqqa as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims, however, since we have conducted several strikes near Raqqa we will provide this information to our civilian casualty team for further investigation.”

The US-led coalition is known to be operating in the area against ISIS and al-Qaeda targets and has launched several attacks in recent months. Still, the mounting civilian deaths resulting from military action have been an added to the concern for human lives lost due to the conflict in Syria.

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