Syrian airstrikes kill at least 36 civilians in al-Raqqa city


Raqqa Museum

At least 63 people, including 36 civilians, have been killed in Syrian Government airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS) held north-eastern city of al-Raqqa.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the regime warplanes carried out at least ten airstrikes on al-Hani mosque, al-Sena's, the public market near the Museum Square, and residential areas on 25 November.

Most victims were women and children, and the number is expected to rise as dozens of people were seriously injured.

SOHR director Rami Abdulrahman was quoted by Reuters as saying: "The majority of the strikes were in the eastern part of the city.

"At least 36 of those killed are civilians. As for the rest, we are not sure yet if they were fighters."

An Islamic State fighter also confirmed that the government combatants carried out the air strikes, which killed at least 70 people.

Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered group spokesman Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi told International Business Times: "There are cases of amputation of hands and legs and dozens of charred bodies.

"Many of the bodies were fragmented.

"It's a very bad life. In the morning, the [Assad] airstrikes that kill civilians. In the night, the US raids. And on the ground, ISIS kills you."

Meanwhile, a US official has confirmed to Reuters that the coalition did not carry out any air strikes on the city in the last 24 hours.

"The majority of the strikes were in the eastern part of the city. At least 36 of those killed are civilians. As for the rest, we are not sure yet if they were fighters. "

Raqqa has become the centre stage of the US-led coalition airstrikes in the last two months. These attacks are aimed at weakening and eventually destroying the militant group, which currently holds large territory in Iraq and Syria.

The city was captured by the militants in August this year, and currently serves as the IS caliphate headquarters.

Since the start of the coalition air campaign in September, the Syrian Air Force has also increased its strikes across the country.

The move is believed to be an effort to weaken Syrian moderate rebels before they get training and equipment promised by the US.


Image: The Syrian Government airstrikes targeted Ar-Raqqa Museum. Photo: courtesy of Amir Syria.

 

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