12 February 2019 — 21st Century Wire
Despite repeated announcements by Donald Trump that the US would be withdrawing its military assets from their illegal occupation in northeastern Syria, the civilian death toll at the hands of US-led Coalition continues to mount. This week, it has been revealed that a further 70 civilians, many of them women and children, have been killed and injured by another Coalition bombing raid.
One of the regular techniques employed by western governments and their media functionaries to successfully deflect any public criticism for illegal operations in Syria – has been to frame Coalition bombing campaigns as “targeting ISIS controlled areas.”
This especially includes the framing of the US-led Coalition’s relentless firebombing of Raqqa in 2017 in northeastern Syria. Far from destroying ISIS in Raqqa, the US and its proxy militias, the Kurdish SDF forces – had already allowed hundreds of the top ISIS terrorist militants and officers to escape the city – even allowing them to take their arms with them. This was even admitted by the BBC. After this operation was complete, the US Coalition waged the bulk of their bombing campaign on the city, proceeding to slaughter at least 3,000 Syrian civilians in the process, including entire families who were wiped out by Coalition carpet munitions. The media turned a convenient blind eye at the time by following the US State Dept dictates that the US was simply “bombing ISIS.” To this day, the US are still in denial about their reckless operation and mass civilian slaughter in Raqqa.
The pattern continued this week, as Coalition continue to claim it’s sole mandate is ‘eliminating ISIS.’ In reality, they are attempting to bait Damascus and Moscow into a fight, as any retaliation by the Syrian or Russian armed forces in Syria against the US would give Washington and Tel Aviv the pretext they so desperately need to escalate tensions and war in the region.
Deir Ezzor, SANA- Warplanes of the US-led “International Coalition” on Tuesday continued aggression on the Syrian territories through shelling al-Baghouz town in Deir Ezzor countryside claiming the lives of scores of civilians and injuring others, mostly women and children.
Local sources in Deir Ezzor told SANA that at least 70 civilians were martyred or injured, mostly women and children on the outskirts of al-Baghouz town in airstrikes launched by warplanes of the “International Coalition”.
The sources indicated that the coalition’s airstrikes targeted a camp that embraces hundreds of civilians who fled the shelling by the coalition and the terrorism of Daesh (ISIS), indicating that the number of martyrs is more likely to rise due to the critical conditions of some of the injured and the difficulty of hospitalizing them due to the continued shelling.
This massacres comes just hours after warplanes of the “International Coalition” committed another massacre in al-Baghouz village as 24 civilians were martyred mostly women and children.
Source: Ruaa al-Jazaeri for Sana TV