Led Coalition Strikes Destroy Daesh Engineering Equipment Near Raqqa

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

The Britain-based watchdog group said the toll was likely to rise as many were critically injured.

US-led coalition air forces launched 22 strikes near the Syrian city of Raqqa and three strikes near Deir ez-Zor, according to Operation Inherent Resolve. The strikes in Iraq are conducted in support of the Iraqi government, but those in Syria are not authorized by the UN Security Council or the government of President Bashar Assad.

The US and its allies have been bombarding what they say are Daesh positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a United Nations mandate.

The coalition earlier this week intensified airstrikes, targeting IS positions in its main stronghold in Raqqa, and killing tens of civilians.

In two letters addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the world body's Security Council, the Syrian Foreign Ministry complained that the coalition was flagrantly violating the global humanitarian law by targeting residential neighborhoods and using internationally banned white phosphorus munitions in its strikes.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of coalition-backed groups, began its assault on Raqqa in June after a months-long campaign to isolate the city.

While the SDF is advancing inside Raqqa, the Syrian Army and tribal forces are fighting the extremist group in the countryside, coming close to the last IS-held town of Madan in the city.

The Syrian army and allied fighters have been on a crushing offensive in the Syrian Desert in the remote eastern countryside of Homs province to clear that area from IS.

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