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30 civilians killed as US-led coalition warplanes strike eastern Syria

In this file picture, heavy smoke billows following an airstrike in Raqqa during an offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to retake the city from Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. (Photo by AFP)

More than two dozen civilians, mostly women and children, have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group conducted an aerial assault on Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Local sources told Syria’s official news agency, SANA, on Friday that the airstrike targeted residential buildings in the town of al-Shaafah, leaving at least 30 people dead.

The sources added that the death toll is expected to rise as some people are still trapped under the debris of destroyed buildings.

The development came only a few days after US-led coalition fighter jets bombarded the village of Abu Hassan, which lies close to the town of Hajin. Several civilians, mostly women and children, were killed and injured as a result.

On November 13, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned a recent airstrike by the so-called US-led coalition against the eastern town of al-Shaafah, which left more than 60 people dead and injured, arguing that the massacre clearly pointed to the fact that members of the military alliance had no respect for moral values, international rules and regulations besides the lives of innocent civilians.

The ministry, in two separate letters, addressed to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the rotating president of the UN Security Council Ma Zhaoxu, called on the Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities and stop US-led aerial assaults.

It also asked the world body to propose an international, independent and impartial mechanism to investigate the crimes being perpetrated by the so-called US-led coalition.

The letters noted that the coalition was deliberately targeting Syria civilians and making use of internationally banned weapons, including white phosphorus bombs, in Syria.

The ministry stressed that the so-called US-led coalition airstrikes were meant to kill as many Syrian people as possible, prolong the ongoing Syrian conflict, destroy the country’s infrastructure and undermine its sovereignty and territorial integrity in flagrant violation of all UN Security Council resolutions on Syria.

The letters concluded that the embarrassing silence of the Security Council had encouraged the coalition to kill more Syrian civilians and destroy their property.

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