The Syrian Coalition condemned the massacre forces of the international anti-ISIS coalition committed against civilians in rural Deir Ezzor as it rejected all justifications for these massacres.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Syrian Coalition underscored the need for the launch of a thorough investigation into all attacks by the international coalition causing civilian casualties and to hold accountable officials and compensate the victims.
At least 13 civilians, mostly children, were killed in airstrikes by the international anti-ISIS coalition on the town of Al-Shaafa in eastern rural Deir Ezzor on Thursday. The airstrikes came as part of attempts by the international coalition to finish off the last remaining redoubts of the ISIS extremist group in Syria before the completion of the US withdrawal from Syria. The international coalition forces have recently intensified airstrikes on the ISIS-held areas in Deir Ezzor province.
“Military operations targeting ISIS-held areas, especially at this critical juncture, must be carried out with the utmost precision, coordination and organization. It is unacceptable that civilians are paying a heavy price as a result of hastiness and recklessness amounting to showing disregard for the lives of innocent civilians.”
The Syrian Coalition called on the international anti-ISIS coalition to assume its responsibilities in case civilian casualties took place.
The Syrian Coalition said it was closely following the operations of the international anti-ISIS coalition in Syria. “The Free Syrian Army, in coordination with the Turkish side, is developing plans to prevent any unintended consequences that may result from the vacuum that may result from the withdrawal of US forces from Syria, especially if this withdrawal takes place without adequate coordination.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)