US-led coalition says at least 600 civilians killed in Syria, Iraq
Date: 2017-07-07 17:25
At least 600 civilians had been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the US-led coalition fighting ISIS since the campaign began in 2014, according to a report released by the coalition on Friday (July 7).
The estimate in the monthly report, which said coalition strikes had "unintentionally" killed at least 603 civilians between August 2014 and May 2017, was far lower than figures provided by monitoring groups.
The monitoring group Airwars says a total of at least 4,354 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes.
The latest coalition report included an incident on April 17 near the town of al-Bukamal, in which it said 35 civilians were killed and 40 were wounded during a strike against an ISIS headquarters that caused a secondary explosion in the adjacent building.
Since the start of the campaign against ISIS terrorists, the coalition has carried out nearly 22,000 strikes and has received 727 reports of potential civilian casualties, Reuters quoted the report as saying.
Ahead of a final assault on Raqqa city in Syria, the UN human rights office raised concerns about increasing reports of civilian deaths in the area. In a May report, it said there had already been "massive civilian casualties."
UN told NPR on Friday that up to 100,000 people are trapped in Raqqa by anti-ISIS strikes.