Over a dozen Syrian civilians killed in US-led strike on Dayr al-Zawr
At least 15 Syrian civilians have been killed as US-led forces targeted a town in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, Syrian media have reported.
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Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local and media sources, reported on Saturday that the so-called military coalition’s fighter jets had pounded a residential neighborhood in Hajin earlier in day, killing 15 people, mostly women and children, and wounding an unspecified number of others.
Late last month, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari confirmed at a UN Security Council meeting that the US-led coalition had once again used white phosphorus bombs against Hajin, some 110 kilometers east of Dayr al-Zawr city.
On October 13, SANA also reported that the US-led coalition, purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, dropped internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs on Hajin.
On September 8, two F-15 warplanes of the US Air Force targeted the same Syrian city with white phosphorous bombs.
In June last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the US-led coalition was deploying white phosphorous bombs in both Iraq and Syria.
The US-led coalition has been carrying out 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.
Furthermore, 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.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on October 23 that as many as 3,222 Syrian civilians had been killed ever since onset of aerial aggression by the US-led coalition.
There were 768 people under the age of 18 among the fatalities in addition to 562 female victims.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.