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Deir Ez-Zor massacre: 100 killed in coalition air strike

A huge explosion sends dark clouds into the air after Assad Regime forces carried out air and ground strikes over the agreed de-conflict zone, Cobar district in the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus, Syria on August 20, 2017. ( Ammar Al-Bushy - Anadolu Agency )
A huge explosion sends dark clouds into the air after Assad Regime forces carried out air and ground strikes over the agreed de-conflict zone in Syria on 20 August 2017 [Ammar Al-Bushy/Anadolu Agency]

Local Syrian sources reported the death of over 100 civilians yesterday night as a result of the international coalition’s air strike on a refugee camp in the Deir ez-Zor suburb in east Syria.

Syrian newspaper Euphrates Post reported that over 100 people, most of whom were women and children, were killed, according to initial counts, as a result of an air strike on a refugee camp near the town of Aqeedat, in east Deir ez-Zor.

Twitter users posted pictures of children wounded as a result of the air strike on the refugee camp.

The Syrian desert is filled with tanks heading towards Deir ez-Zor. While Russian jets are providing cover for the Syrian regime forces and militias, Syrian Democratic Forces continue their operations providing cover for the international coalition’s fighter jets.

Read: American-Russian rivalry in east Syria

Deir ez-Zor is of vital importance in the Syria war because it links Lebanon to Iran.

Another important aspect of the province is its diversified economy; it is a large oil and gas reservoir, as well as an integrated agricultural area that produces wheat and cotton

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