Assad forces target civilians, avoid ISIL strongholds in Raqqa

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ISIS headquarter in Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

Raqqa, Syria – At least 15 civilians were killed and several others were injured on Wednesday in the city of Raqqa during an unprecedented aerial bombardment by the Syrian air force.

The city is for more than a year controlled by the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), however the strikes of the pro-Assad air force were only limited to residential neighbourhoods in the city.

Observers stress that the Assad regime avoids targeting ISIL strongholds in Raqqa.

Mudar Abdul Halim, civil rights activist based in the city of Raqqa, stated to ARA News that the pro-Assad warplanes launched six missile strikes on the city, killing 15 civilians and wounding several others.

“The injured were transferred to the National Hospital in Raqqa,” he said.

Halim pointed out that the pro-regime forces (stationed in the Seventeenth Military Squad) targeted the cattle market in the city with heavy artillery.

“Nearly 5 civilians were reported dead and several others wounded,” Halim told ARA News.

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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