NO TIME TO GRIEVE: The US-led coalition reportedly bombed Islamic State (IS) targets in the city of A-Raqqa on Saturday, four days after regime warplanes attacked the same city and killed more than 100 citizens, said the local pro-opposition media campaign Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
A-Raqqa, the capital of the eponymous province, is the de facto IS capital in Syria.
At least 30 strikes targeted the northern part of the city, including Division 17, a former regime military base just outside the provincial capital taken over by IS in July, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The civilian causality count could not be confirmed, but SOHR said “IS suffered losses in their ranks.”
The US-led attack comes in the wake of its harsh condemnation of the Assad regime over the latter’s bombing of residential parts of the city last week.
“We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime’s airstrikes yesterday in Raqqa, Syria, killed dozens of civilians,” said US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki last Wednesday.
The regime attacks reportedly targeted an industrial area, a busy market in the city center, a central square and a mosque.
“We’ve been clear that Assad long ago lost all legitimacy to govern and that the Syrian regime must be held responsible for its brutality and atrocities against the Syrian people.”
Meanwhile, the Syrian government denied claims that it was responsible for the civilian deaths, and quickly lashed back against the US State Department statements.
“It is an attempt by the US State Department to push the world to disregard terrorist crimes by directing incorrect accusations against the Syrian state,” said Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on Thursday.
“The Syrian state is more committed to its people than those who send weapons, money and train terrorists in several countries.”
-November 30, 2014
-Photo courtesy of A-Raqqa 24.
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