More than 17 civilians, including women and children, were killed on November 3, when US-led coalition warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the middle Euphrates River Valley, according to the Syrian pro-opposition Baladi News outlet.
“The airstrikes were focused on civilian houses behind the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in the town of Hajin,” Zein al-Abdin, a local activist, told Baladi News.
Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that US-led coalition warplanes and artillery struck positions of ISIS in the Euphrates Valley. However, the UK-based monitoring group didn’t report any casualties.
The main Syrian ally of the US-led coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), suspended its ground operation in the Euphrates Valley on October 31 after a series of setbacks. The new increase in airstrikes there is likely an attempt by the coalition to make up for the SDF’s decision.
The SOHR claims that the SDF has deployed new forces around the remaining ISIS positions in the Euphrates Valley in order to resume its ground operation as soon as possible. However, local observers believe that the suspension of the operation may last for at least a few weeks.