Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported that as a result of the US-led coalition bombing of Raqqa, 20 civilians were killed.
According to SANA, the US-led coalition attacked residential areas in the north of the Raqqa province on Thursday, leaving dozens killed and injured. “A new attack launched by the US-led coalition on residential areas in the northern Raqqa province on Thursday caused a massacre, leaving dozens of civilians dead or injured,” the news agency reported. The bombing took place in al-Msheirfeh near the city of Raqqa.
The civilian death toll is expected to rise as many people are in critical condition, SANA reported.
On Thursday, the Russian Foreign Ministry condemned coalition’s airstrikes in Raqqa on December 7 that left 18 civilians dead. Moscow stated that it is hard to understand statements about “errors” and “negligence” from those whose military operation in Syria had not been requested by the country’s legitimate authorities. Last week, the Pentagon stated that the US-led coalitions airstrikes on the Syrian army positions were an “unintentional, regrettable error.” On September 17, US-led coalition aircraft carried out four strikes against the Syrian army near the Deir ez-Zor airport, leaving 62 soldiers killed and some 100 wounded.The Pentagon said that the airstrike was a mistake and was intended to target Daesh militants, while a number of Syrian officials stated that the attack was intentional.