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US airstrikes kill 20 civilians in Syria’s Raqqah

At least 20 civilians have been killed and 20 others injured in fresh airstrikes conducted by the US against southern outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqah, a London-based monitor says.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Sunday the casualties came after warplanes attacked civilian buses leaving Raqqah, which is held by the Daesh terrorist group.

On Thursday, the US carried out similar air raids on the city of Mayadin in Dayr al-Zawr Province, with the observatory saying at least 106 civilians, including 42 children, had been killed in the attacks.

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates wrote to the UN on Saturday, calling for the cessation of “illegal” attacks that “blatantly contradict the UN Security Council’s resolutions, international law, and international humanitarian law.”

In two letters addressed to UN chief Antonio Guteres and the world body’s Security Council, the ministry denounced the US-led campaign “against Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity under the pretext of combating terrorism.”

The airstrikes, it said, “only contribute to spreading chaos and destruction” and benefit terror outfits such as Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham operating in the Arab country.

Syria wrote similar letters earlier, condemning the May 15 US strikes that killed a total of 57 people in al-Ekirshi village of Raqqah Province and the city of Abu Kamal in Dayr al-Zawr Province.

The air raids do not target terrorists and their allies, but rather civilians, enabling militants to commit more crimes in Syria, the letters read.


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