Monitor: Coalition airstrikes kill 30 civilians in Raqqa

Rescued Christians in Raqqa province in Syria

Syrian opposition activists are reporting that airstrikes on parts of the northern city of Raqqa that are controlled by the Islamic State group have intensified, killing at least 29 people in the past two days.

The Syrian forces took over the key IS stronghold in the Homs province, according to United Kingdom based monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights after the government forces made advances towards the town earlier last week.

"Our forces have saved two Armenian families today", said Mustafa Bali, Director of the Information Office of the SDF.

The U.S. -led coalition did not immediately respond to the accusation.

The coalition said in July that its strikes had killed at least 600 civilians in both Iraq and Syria since it began operations in 2014, a figure that is far lower than those given by independent monitors.


U.S. and Russian-backed forces have killed at least 19,663 non-combatant civilians in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and July 2017, monitoring group Airwars estimates.

However, the strikes have on many occasions resulted in civilian casualties.

The Syrian Democratic Forces saved 7 Christians from the terrorists of the "Islamic State" on August 8 in the Syrian city of Raqqa, "Armenpress" reports Istanbul-based "Agos" periodical informs.

Back in June, UN war crimes investigators denounced a "staggering loss of civilian life" caused by the US-led attacks on Raqqah, ISIS's de facto capital in Syria. The advance puts pro-government forces 68 miles (110 kilometers) from reaching companion forces trapped in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

Raqqa has been besieged by Kurdish-Syrian forces but their progress in the city center has been slowed down by jihadists.

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