Aerial bombardment by the international coalition forces on Thursday killed and wounded dozens of civilians in the town of Jerthi in the province of Deir Ezzor, activists said.
Bassim Aziz, communications officer of Deir Ezzor Military Council, told Smart News Network that aircraft of the international coalition bombed the town during clashes against the ISIS extremist group. The airstrikes claimed that lives of 11 civilians and injured ten others who were rushed to a field hospital in the town.
However, local activists reported a much higher death toll, saying that the airstrikes killed 20 civilians, including entire families before the militia of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Deir Ezzor Military Council took complete control of the town.
Airstrikes by the Assad regime and Russian air forces killed 20 civilians and wounded 30 others in the Jerthi town on December 6.
SDF militias captured the village of Suwaidan east of Deir Ezzor on Wednesday after battles with ISIS. SDF militias claimed that 273 ISIS militants were killed in the battles, adding that they captured large quantities of weapons from the extremist group.
According to a report the Syrian Network for Human Rights published in early December, regime forces and Russia carried out no fewer than 27 attacks on vital civilian centers during the month of November.
Regime forces also carried out at least 51 barrel bomb attacks on Deir Ezzor province during the same period.
The Syrian Coalition has repeatedly called on the UN Security Council to condemn crimes against civilians and to hold perpetrators to account using all possible means, stressing the need to take urgent, serious action to protect Syrian civilians. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Smart News Network)