More than 40 civilians were killed when US-led coalition warplanes carried out a series of heavy airstrikes on the ISIS-held town of Hajin in the middle Euphrates River Valley, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.
“More than 50 airstrikes were conducted by international coalition warplanes on Hajin in Deri Ezzor countryside yesterday,” Amaq said in a press release on November 9.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed ISIS’ claims and revealed that a large part of the victims was women and children, some of them were family members of Iraqi jihadists.
Last month, the US-led coalition committed a similar massacre in the town of al-Susah, south of Hajin. Back then, the coalition claimed in an statement that it had destroyed a “defensive fighting position and command center.”
The US-led coalition’s main ally, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), halted its ground operation against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley on October 31 following a series of setbacks. This likely forced the coalition to step up its aerial operations in order to prevent ISIS from expanding in the strategic region. However, it appears that civilian lives are not being taken into consideration.
Aftermath of the US-led coalition airstrikes on Hajin: