Raqqa airstrikes: US-led bombings in Syria leave dozens of civilians dead

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US-led coalition airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians in Raqqa, according to opposition activists and Syrian state media.

Some 42 people, including 19 children and 12 women, were killed in the strikes on the city on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Activist-run group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said 32 people were killed in airstrikes on one neighbourhood alone.

All three sources blamed the US-led coalition for the strikes, it has been reported.

Raqqa: Activists and Syrian state media say US-led coalition airstrikes have killed dozens of civilians (REUTERS)

SOHR reported that the attacks on the area took place in the space of 24 hours.

Its director Rami Abdul Rahman told news agency AFP: “The tolls are high because the air strikes are hitting neighbourhoods in the city centre that are densely packed with civilians.”

He added: “There are buildings full of civilians that are trying to get away from the front lines.”

US-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State, since June 6.

The strikes came after the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance launched a ground assault on the city.

More than half of the city is reportedly now held by the Kurdish-led group.

The number of civilians killed in coalition strikes since August 14 has now risen to 167, according to the BBC.

The coalition said in June that its 22,983 air strikes in Syria and Iraq since 2014 had unintentionally killed at least 624 civilians.

The coalition, which is supporting Kurdish-led fighters seeking to capture the city, did not immediately comment.


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