US-led strikes on Syria’s Hasakah leave over two dozen civilians dead

In this file picture, smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the local Kurds, after a strike by the so-called US-led coalition as it is seen from the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province.

More than two dozen civilians have lost their lives and scores of others sustained injuries when the so-called US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out a series of airstrikes on Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

Local sources told Syria’s official news agency SANA that 25 people were killed in the US-led aerial attacks against al-Fadhel village near al-Shaddadi town in the southern part of the province, located 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus, on Tuesday.

The sources added that there were two elderly men among the deceased, noting that the fatalities mainly consisted of women and children.

The US-led airstrikes also damaged a number of houses and public properties in the targeted area.

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 military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Daesh.

This file picture shows a view of the building of Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates in the capital Damascus. (Photo by Sputnik news agency)

On December 14, 2017, Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the US-led coalition was indeed targeting civilian facilities and providing Daesh terrorists with cover.

It noted that Daesh terrorists had been purged from most regions in Syria only through counter-terrorism operations conducted by government troops and allied fighters from popular defense groups.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry also criticized the so-called advocates of human rights and rule of law for turning a blind eye to the atrocities perpetrated by the US-led coalition in Raqqah and Dayr al-Zawr provinces.

Syrian army captures more areas in southern Damascus

Meanwhile, Syrian government forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have liberated a number of areas in the country’s southwestern province of Rif Dimashq from the clutches of Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar television network, affiliated with the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, reported that Syrian troopers and their allies had retaken full control over a number of districts west of al-Hajar al-Aswad city, located just four kilometers south of Damascus, following bitter clashes with Daesh militants.

Syrian army soldiers gather near Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp on the edge of the capital Damascus during shelling targeting the positions of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on April 29, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Dozens of militants arrive in Syria’s Aleppo Province

Separately, dozens of militants from the so-called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) Takfiri group and their families arrived in the al-Eis area of Syria’s northern province of Aleppo ahead of their transfer to the militant-held neighboring province of Idlib.

SANA said some 200 foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants left Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp late on Monday under a deal announced the previous day.

An unnamed official from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham later said the convoy that arrived in al-Eis included 108 militants, 17 women and 16 children.

Foreign-sponsored militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Takfiri group embrace as they arrive with their family members in a militant-held area of the al-Eis crossing in Syria’s northern Aleppo province after they were evacuated from the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus on May 1, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Additionally, dozens of civilians arrived in al-Eis from various militant-controlled areas in Idlib.

They included five patients and 18 people from the besieged towns of al-Fu’ah and Kefriya, along with 42 people from the village of Ishtabraq.

Syria has been gripped with foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.


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