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Rights group: 1,873 civilians killed in Syria’s Raqqa

October 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Search and rescue members and people evacuate injured civilians in Syria on 25 September 2017 [Hadi Kharat/Anadolu Agency]

Some 1,873 civilians were killed and thousands were wounded in the Syrian city of Raqqa during the latest military operation carried out by the US-backed Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) against Daesh, a rights group revealed yesterday.

The Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently network said on Facebook that the bombing and attacks carried out by the international coalition led by the US and PYD militants against Daesh have destroyed 90 per cent of the city.

The group, which documents violations committed by the warring groups in Raqqa, pointed out that 450,000 civilians have been displaced since the start of the military operation on 6 June.

The bombing of Raqqa has caused the destruction of eight hospitals, 29 mosques, 40 schools and five university colleges, it said, adding that the city was hit by 3,829 air raids during the recent military operation.

Earlier this morning, the PYD announced that it had gained full control of the city of Raqqa after the last members of Daesh surrendered.

Daesh controlled the city of Raqqa for more than three years, declaring it the capital of its alleged state.

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