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Qamishli, Syria – At least 200 civilians were reportedly killed after the pro-Syrian regime warplanes hit the city of Shaddadi in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, local activists reported on Monday.
Shaddi city is under the control of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) militants. The city is considered the group’s main stronghold in Hasakah province.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, civil rights activist Ahmad Husseini from Shaddadi said that the pro-Assad fighter jets hit the central market of the city “with thermal rockets”, killing more than 250 people, injuring 200 others, mostly civilians.
“Several IS insurgents we killed and injured, but the absolute majority of casualties were civilians,” Husseini reported.
The source added that most of the injured are in critical conditions and were transferred to the Shaddadi main hospital “amid severe shortage in medical staff and equipment”.
“The hospital’s capacity could not receive this large number of the inured,” he said. “Many others were transferred to the hospital of Mayadeen in Deir ez-Zor province.”
Husseini pointed out that the IS group refused to disclose death tolls in its ranks following the attack.
Last week, militants of the Islamic State executed at least six pro-Assad military officers who were captured in Palmyra city and transferred to Shaddadi, local sources reported.
Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammad
Source: ARA News