Syrian men stand along a crater caused by what activists said was a Russian air strike in Latamneh city. (Photo: Reuters)
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KOBANE – Warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition and Russia on Sunday launched a new wave of airstrikes on Syria’s northeastern province of Raqqa, the main bastion of the Islamic State (ISIS) extremist group.
At least 35 ISIS militants were killed in Sunday’s strikes, a medical source in Raqqa told ARA News.
“Dozens of other militants were wounded and subsequently transferred to the main hospital in the city,” the source said, on the condition of staying anonymous for security concerns.
However, the strikes on Sunday have also caused dozens of civilian casualties.
Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, civil rights activists of the campaign “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” reported the death of 15 civilians and the injury of more than 30 others.
“Most of the civilian casualties were women and children,” a member of the campaign said.
The coalition’s and Russian fighter jets focused on the eastern and southern parts of Raqqa city in Sunday’s strikes, where ISIS headquarters are established among residential buildings, according to local sources.
Reporting by: Hozan Mamo
Source: ARA News