DAMASCUS, SYRIA (05:20 PM) – In what has become somewhat of a common affair in Syria, a US airstrike has once again struck a civilian area, indiscriminately killing innocent civilians in Deir Ezzor.
An airstrike carried out by the US Airforce in the town of Al-Shafah, in the east of the Deir Ezzor Governorate of Syria, killed fifteen civilians on Wednesday, during a series of air raids targeting ISIS activities in the area.
Dozens more are wounded, with sources saying that the death rate is expected to rise still. Reports have it that at least 7 of the casualties are women.
Hundreds of Syrian civilians have perished as a result of US air raids in Deir Ezzor and Raqqa in 2017 alone. Even the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based and staunchly pro-rebel media organisation, has admitted that the civilian casualty rate of the US coalition airstrikes far outreach those of either Syrian army attacks and Russian bombings.
One of the reasons the US airstrikes often end up hitting civilian targets is likely the fact that their involvement in Syria is illegal according to international law, being neither allowed by Damascus nor mandated by the United Nations, meaning the US has very little coordination or intel on the ground.