Led strikes on Syria's Hasakah leave over two dozen civilians dead

  • Led strikes on Syria's Hasakah leave over two dozen civilians dead

Led strikes on Syria's Hasakah leave over two dozen civilians dead

The SDF halted its fight against IS in eastern Syria and turned westward in mid-March to fight a Turkish incursion in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin.

Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Lilwa al-Abdallah, a spokesperson for the offensive in oil-rich Deir al-Zor Province, said the operation would be backed by the US-led coalition forces, including American and French troops. The days of ISIS controlling territory and terrorizing the people of Syria are coming to an end.

In Syria, they have faced two separate offensives, one by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance and a second by Russia-backed regime fighters.

The statement comes a day after the BBC quoted a source inside the so-called US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh as saying that he believed civilians had been killed in "several" RAF air raids.

Rights groups said that the vast quantities of ordnance dropped since the start of Operation Shader against IS in 2014 seriously undermined the claim by ministers that the RAF has not caused any civilian casualties in the three-year-long bombing campaign.

Air strikes killed at least 23 civilians, including 10 children, in a village held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in northeastern Syria on Tuesday (May 1), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, representing 71 nations and four worldwide organizations, is committed to the defeat of ISIS in designated areas in Iraq and Syria and to setting the conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability, officials said. Syria's state-run SANA news agency held the coalition responsible, but the US -led coalition told the AP that initial reports suggested there were no coalition airstrikes on the area.

Hashim Muhammad, the SDF commander of the al-Jazeera Storm operation, accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of "playing a game" by trying to intentionally hamper their operation in eastern Deir el-Zour.

Israel has not confirmed or denied responsibility for the strike, but Iran and the Syrian government hold Tel Aviv responsible for Sunday's missile attack in northern Syria.

The strike killed more than a dozen pro-government forces, mostly Iranian military personnel. He said the time when Tehran's enemies can "hit and run" is over.

"To suggest they have not - as has been done - is nonsense", they added.

In this photo released on Monday, April 30, 2018 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian government forces gather in front of a bus carrying al-Qaida-linked fighters during an evacuation from the Palestinian refugee camp 0f Yarmouk, near Damascus, Syria.

The agreement caps a string of similar surrender deals that have seen rebels exiting a number of pockets around Damascus in recent weeks, including the town of Dumayr and the eastern Qalamoun region.