A local medical source told the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq on November 17 that US-led coalition warplanes had killed 40 civilians in the village of al-Buqa’n in the middle Euphrates River Valley.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed ISIS’ claims and said that the death toll had grown to 43. According to the UK-based monitoring group, more than half of the casualties are children.
“US-led coalition warplanes committed a massacre that’s considered the biggest since September 10, when the coalition and the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) began their operation to neutralize ISIS in the region [Euphrates Valley],” the SOHR said in its report.
Two days ago, more than 23 civilians were reportedly killed when US-led coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on urban areas in the towns of al-Bubadran and al-Susah. The coalition has not commented on these reports yet.
The Damascus government has called for the formation of an international committee to investigate the repeated crimes of the US-led coalition in Syria. However, the U.N. didn’t take the Syrian proposal seriously, which is another example showing the doublefaced policy of international institutions towards the conflict.