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Syria: sources, 22 civilians killed in coalition raids Raqqa

10 August 2017, 03:38 | Rufus Hill

Syrian army closes in on IS-held town in Raqqa

Syrian Army entered al Sukhnah in Homs Province from three directions liberating the town

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said ISIS had dispatched at least five suicide vehicle bombs and had laid mines throughout several frontline towns in Homs.

The militants have been a thorn in the country's side since they began filtering in from neighboring Syria, which has been in the throes of civil war since 2011.

Black smoke rises from Raqqa where US -forces are battling ISIS militants, in, northeast Syria, Thursday, July 27, 2017. United States and Russian-backed forces have killed at least 19,663 civilians in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and July 2017, monitoring group Airwars estimates. The coalition has previously said it strenuously tries to avoid civilian casualties and investigates all reports that its strikes have killed civilians. Rights organizations say the number is far higher.

USA and Russian-backed forces have killed at least 19,663 non-combatant civilians in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and July 2017, monitoring group Airwars estimates.

Back in June, UN war crimes investigators denounced a "staggering loss of civilian life" caused by the US-led attacks on Raqqah, ISIS's de facto capital in Syria.

Captured by the Daesh in 2014, Raqqa became a symbol of atrocities by its fighters in its self-declared "caliphate".

"The Americans would've liberated Raqqa a long time ago if they wanted; they know every patch of terrain in the city thanks to their satellites".

Daesh has responded with a barrage of vehicle bombs, suicide bombers, weaponised drones and snipers.

RAQQA, Syria-The Syrian Democratic Forces, affiliated with Kurdish fighters in the region, announced that they saved seven Christian families, among them two Armenian families, from the Islamic State in the besieged northeastern province in Syria, reported the ARA news agency.



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