From 35 up to 224 civilians have been killed in airstrikes of the US-led coalition in Raqqa province this week.
Fighter jets of the US-led coalition carried out several airstrikes on al-Omran region in Raqqa on Saturday, the Sana news agency reported, citing its own unnamed local sources. As a result, several civilians were killed and wounded.
According to the news agency’s sources in Raqqa province, at least six people, including two women and two children, lost their lives in the airstrikes, while several others were injured.
In addition, the al-Badiyeh al-Dakheliyeh school in the city of al-Mansoureh, which hosted 50 displaced families from Aleppo, Raqqa and Tadmur, was also pounded by the coalition’s air power on Wednesday. Al-Mansoureh city locates just 30 km to the west of the city of Raqqa. The school was completely destroyed by the airstrikes. However, the number of casualties still has not been announced.
Meanwhile, the al-Baladi news website, affiliated to Syrian militants, reported that over 200 civilians were killed in the aerial attack, while dozens of others were wounded. The website noted that many of those wounded were in critical conditions. At the same time, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the airstrikes claimed lives of at least 11 civilians.
On Monday, the coalition’s air force carried out an airstrike on al-Andalas farms, located in al-Tabaqa region in the western part of Raqqa. As a result, at least 18 civilians were killed.
Earlier, the US forces announced that only 220 civilians have been killed in the coalition’s air attacks in Syria and Iraq since 2014. At the same time, the US command noted that it could not investigate all reports on possible civilian casualties using “traditional investigative methods,” such as interviewing witnesses and examining of the airstrikes’ sites. Instead of this, the coalition interviewed pilots and servicemen, who took part in combat missions. The US command also reviewed airstrikes’ surveillance videos and analyzed traditional and social media content of government and non-governmental organizations in order to draw the results.