UN: Dozens of victims from airstrikes by the international coalition in the area of Raqqa

25.04.2017, USA.

The official representative of the UN Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric, spoke about the UN’s concern over dozens of victims of air raids by the international coalition led by the United States. TASS news agency reported this on April 24.

The high-ranking UN official at a meeting with journalists said that the secretariat is “concerned for the safety and protection of over 400,000 people in Raqqa.” “Yesterday, air strikes on Atabaqa city reportedly killed eight people, including five children, and damaged two schools. On 22 April, dozens of people were reportedly killed and injured in air strikes on an IDP [internally displaced persons] camp near Albardah village, 20 km west of Raqqa,” said Stéphane Dujarric.

In addition, according to the diplomat, more than 39 thousand refugees from this Syrian city have arrived in the Jib Al-Shaair [makeshift] camp, fleeing from the incessant air raids by the US and their allies. The situation in the camp is already on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. In particular, it was stated that the UN has information that several children died in the refugee camps of Al-Karma and Jib Al-Shaair.

A military operation is now being conducted by the international coalition led by the United States in the area of the Syrian city of Raqqa, which has long been considered to be the capital of ISIL (organization banned in Russia),  to free it from the radicals. The city of Atabaqa, which has strategic importance,  has now become the center of military operations in this area of Syria. As a result of the air strikes, schools, hospitals, marketplaces and other objects of civil infrastructure have also been damaged.

The original of the picture is by U.S. Navy, license Public Domain.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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