More civilians killed as US-led coalition bombs Syria

Published November 9th, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
Members of US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces deploy on the frontline, one kilometre from the Syrian town of Ain Issa on Sunday as they launched an offensive on Raqqa.  (AFP/File)
Members of US-backed Kurdish-Arab forces deploy on the frontline, one kilometre from the Syrian town of Ain Issa on Sunday as they launched an offensive on Raqqa. (AFP/File)

An airstrike by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh in Syria has killed at least 23 people, including a child, in a town near the Daesh-held northeastern city of Raqqah.

The strike targeted the village of al-Heesha, about 40 kilometers north of Raqqah, early on Wednesday, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Raqqah, on the northern bank of the Euphrates River, was overrun by Daesh in March 2013 and was proclaimed the group’s so-called headquarters the following year.

The attack is not the first US-led airstrike to leave civilian casualties.

In mid October, at least 15 civilians were killed when a US-led attack hit areas in the Daham Village near Suluk in the northeastern countryside of Raqqah.

Since 2014, the United States has been leading a bombing campaign in Syria and neighboring Iraq with the declared objective of hitting Daesh.

In a separate development, foreign-backed militants carried out mortar attacks on the village of Hadar in Syria’s southwestern Quneitra Province, leaving at least one civilian dead and several others injured, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

On Wednesday Syrian forces continued targeting militants across the country, advancing further in Aleppo’s western countryside.

A military source said that army units and allied forces managed to regain control over the al-Hikma School in the 1070 Apartments district to the west of Aleppo.

A number of militants were killed or injured during the operation, the source said, without specifying how many.

The 1070 Apartments district, a strategic neighborhood on the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo, and its surrounding hills were liberated on Tuesday.

The recapturing of the area is considered as the most significant gain by the government in Aleppo since September.

Aleppo has been divided over the past four years between government forces in the west and rebel militants in the east, making it a frontline battleground.

Backed by Russian air cover, the Syrian army launched operations to reunite Aleppo in September.

Separately, a military source said that the Syrian forces shot down 14 spy drones operated by militants on the suburbs of the country’s southwestern city of Dara’a.

Syrian fighter jets also struck militant positions in the East Ghouta region of Damascus, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Since March 2011, Syria has been gripped by civil war. Parts of the country and neighboring Iraq are controlled by Daesh fighters.


Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material

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