A Syrian man and a boy walking through rubbles of destroyed buildings caused by Syrian airstrikes in Raqqa. File photo
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ALEPPO – At least five children have been killed in an airstrike believed to be conducted by the international coalition’s forces on a school in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa, the major stronghold of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), activists reported on Thursday.
Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, civil rights activist Anas Raqqawi reported that “nine civilians were killed, including five children, and 13 others were hardly injured in an airstrike on the Hetin primary school” in the ISIS de facto capital Raqqa.
Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a monitoring group documenting ISIS violations in Raqqa, released images showing large pieces of metal shrapnel from rockets.
“The area surrounding Hetin school was used by ISIS as a public square for punishments where the ISIS-linked Sharia Court punishes opponents,” Raqqawi said.
On Thursday, the group chopped off a man’s hand after being accused of robbery. On the same day, a woman was stoned to death in front of Hetin School for committing the “sin of adultery”, according to a statement by the Sharia Court.
650 Civilians Killed Under Anti-ISIS Strikes
At least 250 civilians have been killed in Raqqa since the anti-ISIS strikes started, according monitoring groups.
Meanwhile, local activists reported the death of some 400 civilians under Russian strikes in les than two months, 170 of them were women and children.
More than 7000 civilians have been killed by Syrian regime’s airstrikes in Raqqa since January 2015, according to local civil rights activists.
Western Leaders Intensify Efforts to Eliminate ISIS
British MP David Cameron suggested to extend airstrikes against ISIS terror, urging the House of Commons to support the proposal, saying “it would protect the U.K. from possible ISIS terrorist attacks.”
But the Prime Minister was criticized with having “no coherent strategy”.
In the meantime, French President Francois Hollande has been pushing for an extended international coalition against the terror group. He was meeting Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday for this purpose.
Hollande increased efforts to unite France, the U.S., Russia and other nations following the deadly attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded 300 others.
ISIS Threatens to Attack Coalition Members
The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) released a new video message threatening dozens of countries around the world with deadly attacks similar to those of France capital Paris, where at least 129 people have been killed and more than 300 others wounded.
In the list of targets, Mexico is the only Latin American country to be under ISIS threat, according to the meesage.
ISIS, in the new semi-Hollywood video, threatens to carry out attacks in 60 countries, including Mexico.
The new video shows a photo of the flags belonging to the threatened countries. There are pictures for Syria’s Palmyra destroyed, and an ISIS black flag inserted beside a black militant of the group.
It also says the caliphate, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, destroyed the Sykes-Picot borders in the Middle East.
“Remaining and Expanding,” the speaker keeps repeating in the video, indicating to the self-deaclared caliphate.
On Sep. 19, the U.S. published a list containing the names of all the countries that take part in the anti-ISIS coalition in Syria and Iraq. Mexico was the only Latin American country listed as anti-ISIS collaborator and that’s why the group included Mexico into its targeted countries.
Also, the terror group says in the video it has supporters and sympathizers everywhere and from different ethnic backgrounds. Under the banner “the flames of war … in the hills of death” the group threatens the countries contributed in the anti-ISIS coalition.
“Our caliphate is eight times bigger than Belgium and 30 times than that of Qatar.“
Under the banner “No Respite” the group says it prepares thousands of children for the expansion of its caliphate in the future, udder the rule of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
ISIS, in the video, statistically shows the U.S. defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying 6,500 of its soldiers “commit suicide every year”, quoting a 2012 report.
This is the second video the terror group released in a week. The first one was vowing “We are coming to you…” The video concludes with verses from the Quran translated into English.
ISIS set up attacks in various parts of the world following the Paris attacks on Nov. 13. It revealed plans to bomb Washington D.C. and New York City in the United States.
Earlier this week, the radical group claimed responsibility for killing 12 Tunisian security troops in a suicide attack.
The countries which received threats from ISIS along with Mexico are: Australia, Bahrain, Albania, Denmark, Belgium, China, Croatia, Austria, Egypt, Czech Republic, Greece, Canada, Estonia, France, Finland, Iraq, Jordan, Germany, Ireland, Hungary, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Lebanon, Kosovo, South Korea, Kuwait, Israel, Iran, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Luxembourg, Sweden, Russia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Slovakia, Switzerland, Lithuania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Taiwan, U.S., U.K. United Arab Emirates, Spain, Turkey, Oman, Ukraine, Tunisia, Serbia, Slovenia, Poland, Portugal, Morocco, Moldova, and Malta.
The terror group claimed responsibility for Paris attacks, Beirut bombings and the downing of Russian passenger plane in Egypt’s Sinai over the past month.
Reporting by: Helin Saeed
Source: ARA News