US-led coalition warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on the ISIS-held town of al-Susah in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside killing more than 46 civilians in the last 24 hours, local sources told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
According to the UK-based monitoring group, only 3 of the casualties were fighters of the terrorist group. A large part of the killed people was women and children, mostly refugees, who had run away from the coalition bombing in Iraq last year.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) warned a day earlier that the US-led coalition had committed a massacre in al-Susah. However, the state-run news agency didn’t provide any details back then.
The US-led coalition and its proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have not commented on the new reports about the massacre in al-Susah so far. Usually, the coalition addresses such incidents within a few months claiming that there were no civilian casualties or their number was very low.
These violent airstrikes are clearly an attempt by the US-led coalition to support SDF fighters, who are facing a strong resistance from remaining ISIS fighters in the Euphrates Valley. The coalition operation there has been ongoing from more than a month now without any significant progress.