TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – At least 30 civilians were killed and many more injured after the US-led coalition pounded residential areas in Syria’s eastern city of Al-Bukamal, Deir ez-Zor province, purportedly targeting Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.
On Friday morning, US jets bombarded the areas of al-Baghuz Fawqani and al-Susah in Al-Bukamal, claiming the lives of at least 30 people, mostly women and children, Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network reported.
Dozens of civilians also sustained serious injuries following the raids.
According to Syrian state media, the number of the dead is expected to rise as scores remain trapped under the rubble and are in critical condition.
The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.
On December 14, 2017, Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the US-led coalition was indeed targeting civilian facilities and providing Daesh terrorists with cover.