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Hasakah, Syria – The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SHRN) issued a report Tuesday, saying that the bombing of the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes on locations of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and other extremist groups has left behind 103 civilian victims since the start of the coalition’s raids on Syria on September 23, 2014.
The report, of which ARA News received a copy, said that airstrikes carried out between Dec. 14 and Feb. 17 caused the death of at least 63 civilians, including 3 children and 5 women. The death toll reached 103 civilians, including 11 children, 11 women and an American, according to the SHRN’s documentation with names, images, times and places.
Fadel Abdul Ghani, head of the network, said in the report that it’s “unfortunate that the central leadership of the coalition forces denies the civilian casualties, although all previous reports listed the names of the victims and illustrative images.”
However, the network could not confirm the number IS casualties, saying that’s due to the shortage of information.
The U.S. military has said on January 6, 2015, that they had received 18 complaints about civilians who were killed by air strikes against IS militants in Iraq and Syria, but they found out later that 13 of the reported cases lacked credibility, emphasizing that they’re investigating the other five cases.
In the meantime, the Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, explained to reporters that they deal seriously with the risk of civilian injuries during the raids and that they are keen to mitigate such risks in the anti-IS operations.
Human rights activist Fayiz Ali told ARA News that the number of victims documented is “high” compared with the claims of the coalition’s accuracy in targeting the group’s locations.
“There is no justification for the killing of civilians under the pretext of fighting terrorism,” he added, pointing out that the U.S. military should apologize and compensate the victims of these strikes.
Noteworthy, the airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led international coalition on IS locations in Syria and Iraq are considered as a part of a comprehensive strategy announced by U.S. President Barack Obama in order to eliminate the radical group.
Reporting by: Zozan Shekho
Source: ARA News