At least 245 Civilians Killed in US-led Coalition Airstrikes in Syria in July

Pro-government forces are pushing to encircle the rebel-held areas of Aleppo city Pro-government forces are pushing to encircle the rebel-held areas of Aleppo city © Reuters

29 July 2016
In the month of July, at least 245 civilians were killed by US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria.


The deadliest airstrike on 19 July killed at least 73 civilians, and possibly more than 125 in the city of Manbij. Anas Al-Abdah, president of the Syrian National Coalition, as well as opposition activists have urged the US to suspend their airstrikes in Syria, but the US refused to stop.

The US-led coalition has been targeting alleged ISIS-held locations, but the airstrikes have killed hundreds of civilians. The latest US-led coalition airstrikes have killed at least 25 civilians in a northern Syrian town held by the ISIS. Continued airstrikes will drive Syrians “further into a spiral of despair and, more importantly, will prove to be a recruitment tool for terrorist organizations,” said Al-Abdah.

Army Colonel Christopher Garver, chief spokesman for the US military command in Iraq and Syria, argued that the civilian deaths may be a consequence of ISIS using non-combatants as human shields. Despite this possibility, the US military has gathered enough evidence to conduct a formal investigation into the allegations of civilian fatalities from airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

 

To know more, read:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/deadly-air-strikes-continue-syria-truce-160708141545691.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/22/us-airstrikes-syria-manbij-civilian-deaths
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/22/monitor-claims-25-civilians-killed-in-airstrike-on-raqqa-syria
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-launches-probe-of-civilian-casualty-claim-in-syrian-airstrike-1469782027
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-airstrike-idUSKCN1071SW

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