Monitor Says Coalition Raids Kill 11 Civilians in Syria


Suspected U.S.-led coalition air strikes have killed 11 civilians, mostly children, in a jihadist-held village in northern Syria, a monitor said Friday.

"Eight children and three women were killed in strikes by the international coalition on Hazima, a village north of Raqa city" on Thursday, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Hazima is held by the Islamic State jihadist group, but a Kurdish-Arab rebel alliance has been fighting to capture it since late December.

That alliance, the Syrian Democratic Forces, works closely with the U.S.-led coalition and calls in aerial raids.

The Britain-based Observatory has an extensive network of sources inside Syria.

The coalition, Russia and the Syrian air force are all carrying out air raids in the country, but the Observatory differentiates between strikes based on the type of aircraft flown and the munitions used.

The monitor said on December 23 that coalition air raids had killed a total of 299 civilians, including 81 children, and about 3,700 IS members.

The coalition has been conducting strikes in Syria since September 2014, but has rarely acknowledged civilian deaths in its campaign there and in neighboring Iraq.

In November, it said four civilians, possibly including a child, had "likely" been killed in a strike in Iraq in March.

And a year earlier, it acknowledged it killed two children in a strike in Syria.

Late Thursday, the Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement it was engaged in "violent clashes" with IS in Raqa province, a bastion of the jihadist group in Syria.

The jihadists were fighting to retake Ain Issa, a town lying at a strategic crossroads that Kurdish and Arab rebel groups captured last year.

More than 260,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011.

Comments 5
Thumb Mystic 08 January 2016, 14:26

The United States never hit civilians right?
Then the hypocrites accuses Russia of doing so.

Missing arturo 08 January 2016, 15:21

The US strongly condemns all killings of civilians, especially children. I'm certain the other members of the coalition do as well. If the UN Human Rights Council believes that it is true that 299 civilians have been killed in Syria, they will vote for a special investigation -- they always do that (e.g., after the Gaza, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq wars).

Thumb _mowaten_ 08 January 2016, 15:51

Not sure if this is sarcasm or true candor...

Missing heroes 08 January 2016, 16:59

Let us not point fingers at this and that. In all wars, civilians almost always pay the ultimate price. The Syrian regime, Russians as well as the coalition have inflicted terrible tragedies on the Syrian population.
Isil,Nusra and their cronies have done worse.

Thumb _mowaten_ 08 January 2016, 17:17

Well, some finger can and should be pointed though. None of this would be happening if the US hadn't turned Iraq into a living nightmare, killing 2,000,000 iraqis between 1992 and 2006 and creating the conditions for al qaeda & isis to sprout and grow in the region. (remember there was zero qaeda in iraq when the US started their war on terror)