US Air Strikes: Deadliest Death Toll for Syrian Civilians To Date

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Air raids on Syria led by the US and its coalition partners have caused the most death toll of civilians since the bombing campaign started.

Syrian Death Record

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that between 23 April to 23 May, 225 citizens were killed including 36 women and 44 children.

Since the global air campaign against Isis started in September 2014, this is the highest death toll in records.

In the same period, a minimum of 122 Isis fighters and eight members of the Syrian government’s militias were also murdered.

“The past month of operations is the highest civilian toll since the coalition began bombing Syria,” Rami Abdel Rahman, Observatory head, said. “There has been a very big escalation.”

The Bombing Operations Campaign

Since Trump took office in January 2016, there has been a slight increase in civilians’ death toll during the bombing operations.

The bombing operations are against ISIS and taking place over Syria and Iraq.

In March, the US was condemned for killing about 300 civilians after two incidents and one attack which targeted a mosque in Aleppo, Syria; a fight over Isis-controlled areas of Mosul, an Iraqi city.

Additionally, the US military stated that earlier this month the coalition air raids in Iraq and Syria had “unintentionally” murdered 352 civilians since the beginning of the campaign. However, rights groups said that the toll is too low and that the US should have taken “sufficient precautions” to prevent civilian deaths.

The Syrian government does approve the US air strikes. In addition, the US doesn’t have diplomatic ties with Syria’s government. The American air raids have been criticized by Damascus as well as Syria’s allies in Moscow and Tehran saying that the strikes are causing needless and unnecessary deaths.