Number of civilian deaths in Syria five times higher than numbers released by US-led coalition

epa07080421 Smoke and dust rise from the Islamic State-held al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood in the south of Damascus, Syria, 23 April 2018. According to media reports, the Syrian army continued their military offensive that has started on 19 April against IS positions in the Western Ghouta and launched intensive artillery and rocket attacks on IS hideouts in the neighborhood and its surroundings. EPA-EFE/Youssef Badawi

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An inquiry by Amnesty International into civilian deaths in modern conflict claimed the US-led coalition killed 1,600 noncombatants in the fight for Raqqa. The figure is five times higher than the toll released by the coalition.

DW reports how a two-year investigation into US-led coalition air and artillery strikes has revealed more than 1,600 civilian deaths in the campaign for Islamic State (IS)-held Raqqa over a period of only three months, according to Amnesty International.

The joint investigation with Airwars has been collated into an interactive website recreating what authors call a “brutally vivid account” of the shelling of populated areas where IS used human shields.

Amnesty and Airwars said it hoped to draw attention to what the coalition had claimed to be “the most precise air campaign in history.”

Via DW

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