In this file photo provided by the US Air Force, an F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to launch airstrikes in Syria. (Photo by AP)
Nearly a dozen civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group carried out a string of aerial attacks in Syria’s militant-held northern city of Raqqah
Informed sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the airstrikes targeted al-Diriyah neighborhood of the city, located about 455 kilometers (283 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus, early on Thursday, Arabic-language Baladi news
The sources added that seven of the victims were members of one family.
At least nine civilians were killed on July 4, when US-led fighter jets carried out airstrikes on Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.
Lebanon’s al-Ahed news website reported that the US-led airstrikes hit Kashkash Zayanat village, near the Shaddadah town in the southern countryside of Hasakah city.
According to the report, the raids caused damage to the residential areas there.
The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
The city of Raqqah, which lies on the northern bank of the Euphrates River, was overrun by Daesh terrorists in March 2013, and was proclaimed the center for most of the Takfiris’ administrative and control tasks the next year.
The US-led coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.
Car bomb kills four in northwestern Syria
Meanwhile, at least four people have been killed and another seven injured in a car bomb attack in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo.
A burning car is seen after a car bomb attack in Syria’s northwestern town of A’zaz on July 14, 2017. (Photo by A’zaz news network)
The incident took place when a car rigged with explosives went off near a school in the city of A’zaz, located roughly 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Aleppo, on Thursday.
The death toll is feared to rise as some of the injured people are in critical condition.
Syria has been fighting different foreign-sponsored militant and terrorist groups since March 2011. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated last August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the crisis until then.