Warplanes of the international coalition on Friday committed a massacre against civilians, killing at least 30 civilians in Raqqa, according to the Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently media campaign.
The group said international coalition jets bombed civilian homes near Muawiya Ibn Abu Sufyan School in the Al-Mala’ab Al-Aswad area in northwestern Raqqa. The victims included 10 members of the Sayer family, most of them women and children.
The monitoring group also said that one more civilian was killed in artillery shelling by the militias of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday on the Jamili district in central Raqqa.
On Thursday, the group said that least 17 civilians, including children, were killed in dozens of airstrikes by jets of the international coalition on the ISIS-held parts of the city. The airstrikes also completely destroyed ‘Our Lady of the Annunciation’ church inside the city.
In its latest assessment of civilian casualties from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, which was published on August 3, the US-led coalition admitted that 624 people have been “unintentionally killed” since the start of the campaign against ISIS in 2014.
Raqqa has been the scene of fierce battles between ISIS and the SDF militia who are being backed by aerial cover from the international coalition to dislodge the extremist group from its de facto capital in Syria which it captured in late 2013. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)