Iraqi airstrikes kill 35 in Syria’s Deir ez-Zoor
Airstrikes level civilian-populated building in Deir ez-Zor's Bukamal. (Archive) (Photo: Reuters)
Date: 2017-04-18 18:21
Iraqi warplanes carried out airstrikes on two parts of the eastern Syrian countryside of Deir ez-Zoor, killing at least 35, majority civilians, and injuring 40.
Field sources told Orient Net that the strikes targeted two sites on the Syrian-Iraqi border late on April 17.
In an earlier report, at least seven civilians were reported killed and 12 injured in the town of al-Husainiyah, located west of Deir ez-Zoor on the Euphrates River. The death toll was expected to rise as many of those injured were in a critical condition.
Another strike hit al-Bukamal, a civilian-populated town close to the Iraqi border, and killed at least 13 civilians, including Iraqi citizens.
Syrian opposition activist Omar Abu Laila, who runs a news website about the Deir ez-Zoor countryside, told the Associated Press that the dead included an Iraqi family of four.
"The number of casualties is huge," he said.
Abu Laila added that at least four residential buildings were struck in the bombing and that mosque loudspeakers were urging people to donate blood, Newsweek reported.
ISIS control large swaths in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zoor countryside, however, airstrikes aimed at ISIS often target civilian-populated areas leading to civilian causality.
Jalal al-Hamad, head of Justice for Life organization, told Orient News that there were no ISIS headquarters in the targeted areas, but only civilians.