U.S. Coalition Airstrikes Killed More Civilians in Syria*
By Alice Donovan
The U.S. Coalition reportedly carried out a lethal series of airstrikes over the Idlib countryside, killing and wounding scores of civilians near the Turkish border-crossing in Syrian Province of Idlib.
On Tuesday’s midday at 03:55 PM the B52 warplane have bombarded Sarmada town’s outskirts over a prison followed to Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (JFS) which led to dozens of casualties and injuries amid the civilians and prisoners in addition to mass destruction.
Moreover, the U.S. warplanes have bombarded Sarmada square and killed 12 civilians while carrying out an airstrike over a vehicle followed to JFS.
At the same time, media sources of JFS denied the circulating data talking about the international coalition targeting a prison belonging to JFS, saying that the bombing targeted the major headquarters of the region and contains several branch offices as well as a new-formed police station which caused the killing of all who were in the headquarters about 25 members.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military has acknowledged that at least 188 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes in Iraq and Syria since its campaign began against the Islamic State in August 2014.
The coalition airstrikes against Daesh targets which together resulted in the unintended death of 15 civilians occurred in the Iraqi cities of Shahid-Yunis As Sab on November 6, Mosul on November 26 and 29, and in Syrian Salahiyah on November 21 and Raqqa on November 26, according to the statement.
“To date, based on information available, CJTF-OIR has assessed that, it is more likely than not, at least 188 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve. CJTF-OIR regrets the unintentional loss of civilian lives resulting from coalition efforts to defeat ISIL [Daesh] in Iraq and Syria and express our deepest sympathies to the families and others affected by these strikes,” the statement said.
However, the military’s overall estimate is far below that of groups monitoring the civilian casualties. Airwars puts the number at 2,100.