Syrian government warplanes carried out a string of airstrikes Tuesday on the extremist Islamic State group’s de facto capital, shattering store fronts, killing at least 60 individuals and setting tons of cars ablaze, activists said.
A few of the air raids hit a favorite marketplace near an industrial neighborhood and a museum along the Euphrates River in northeastern Syria in the city of Raqqa they said.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gets the death toll among them, at more than 60 36 civilians whose names it managed to record. The Local Coordination Committees said the strikes killed at least 70 individuals. Another Raqqa-based collective called Raqqa is Being Quietly Slaughtered said it documented over 80 departures. Such disparities are standard in the chaotic wake of strikes in Syria.
The death toll could not be independently confirmed by the Associated Press? Among the worst single day costs in the city.
The Syrian government and also the U.S.-led coalition often blast Islamic State group targets in Raqqa, but it wasn’t immediately clear what prompted Tuesday’s very extreme strikes. The Islamic State group lately released a video demonstrating what it said was the beheading of more than a dozen Syrian soldiers, including officers, and has slaughtered hundreds of Syrian soldiers in the past couple of months.
A militant video posted online Tuesday of the consequences of the strikes demonstrated medics bundle four bloody bodies into the rear of an ambulance amid cries of “God is Amazing.” In the backdrop, a fire truck attempts to douse burning autos that are several as grey smoke rises into the sky.
The video corresponded to AP reporting in the strikes and seemed authentic.
An activist who uses the name Abu Ibrahim al-Haqqani said nine airstrikes happened within half an hour. Civilian areas hit with one, he said, in the centre of the city.
“This is among the most horrible regime massacres in Raqqa to date,” said the Moscow-based activist, who manages Raqqa Is Being Quietly Slaughtered network. He said overwhelmed and ill equipped hospitals in Raqqa were appealing for blood donations following the strikes.
On Twitter, several accounts said without giving details several of its own members were killed in Tuesday’s airstrikes.
In Iraq, the al Nasir convent was blown up by the Islamic State group in the northern city of Mosul, that has been commanded by the militants since June. Iraq’s resident nuns fled the city along with most of the remaining Christians in Mosul when the city was overrun by militants.
Christians have been often targeted by the Islamic State group by killing clergymen and bombing their churches, in addition to spiritual minorities across Iraq’s north.
The group commands a third of Iraq and Syria, declaring the territory as a portion of its own self described caliphate ruled by its own violent interpretation of Shariah law. The militants of the group shot dead hundreds of prisoners and also have beheaded, observing its mass killings in on-line videos that were incredibly lifelike.