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UN ‘deeply concerned’ about US-led Raqqa airstrikes that reportedly killed dozens of civilians

RT | August 22, 2017

The UN has expressed “deep concerns” over the mounting number of civilian casualties in Raqqa inflicted by US-led coalition airstrikes, condemning “any attack directed against civilians or civilian infrastructure.”

“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us they are deeply concerned by unconfirmed reports of a high number of civilians killed by airstrike in Raqqa city over the last 24 hours,” Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, told reporters at a daily briefing Tuesday.

“In recent days and weeks scores of civilians have reportedly been killed and injured in Raqqa due to airstrikes and shelling and up to 25 thousand people remain trapped in the city,” Dujarric said.

At least 78 civilians have died in the al-Sakhani and al-Bado streets and al-Tawasuaeh neighborhood in Raqqa city as a result of the US-led coalition airstrikes over the past 24 hours, Syrian news agency SANA reported earlier Tuesday, citing local and media sources.

“The UN condemns any attack that is directed against civilians or civilian infrastructure. We urge all parties fighting in Raqqa and across Syria to take every possible measure to spare and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure as in line with obligations under international humanitarian law.”

“Yesterday unconfirmed reports indicate that over 30 people were reportedly killed in the Al-Sakhani neighborhood, while eight internally displaced people from the same family were killed in a separate attack in another part of the city. These attacks, if confirmed, are a shocking reminder that civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict in many parts of Syria.”

August 22, 2017 - Posted by | War Crimes | ,

2 Comments »

  1. Killing innocent civilians/peasants/’collateral damage’, has never been of the slightest concern to the Military Industrial Complex. It’s like opium to an addict………..The UN, by the way, apart from their humanitarian work, is the most useless organization for keeping the peace, on this Earth.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 22, 2017 | Reply

  2. It’s like the UN was born yesterday or is just pretending not to know that mass civilian casualties and massive damage to civilian homes, farms, businesses and critical survival infrastructure are the highest priority purposes of both US sponsored terrorism and the US-NATO campaign against terrorism in Syria. During the tenure of the coalition excuse for murder in Syria, the USA must offer more devastation and dead innocents to the glory of its vengeful war god. The effect of terror bombing and civilian dislocation does not pass with the all-clear, it increases in consequences from social and psychological wounds, family losses, degradation, humiliation and community dislocation in every subsequent year and generation until the survivors and their progeny are just as dislocated, desperate, paranoid, threatened, disentitled and as dangerous and angry as the holocaust survivors and their progeny on whose behalf the US willingly authorizes terrorism and ethnic cleansing. It is for this objective that in mid-1940’s Europe, the US executed by disease, bullets, starvation, cold and neglect almost 4,000,000 surrendered German POW’s. The point is that the USA self-appoints and sees itself as a fearsome god’s instrument of justice. But the USA is entirely incapable of seeing itself as part of the problem. They say those who live by the sword, die by the sword, and are duty bound to take a lot of innocents with them. m\\

    Comment by Michael\\ | August 22, 2017 | Reply


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