Pro-Assad forces bomb crowded market in ISIS-held Deir ez-Zor, killing 17 civilians

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Syrian men react as they stand amid the rubble following air strikes by Syrian regime forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma. File photo

ARA News 

DAMASCUS – At least 17 civilians were killed in airstrikes by pro-Assad forces on the Islamic State-held eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, activists reported on Monday.

Syrian regime air force targeted a crowded market in the city of Mayadeen in Deir ez-Zor province, killing 17 civilians and injuring dozens others.

“The regime warplanes fired several missiles on the Mayadeen market under the pretext of fighting ISIS. All the casualties were civilians, including women and children,” media activist Khaled Salem told ARA News on the phone. 

“When the U.S.-led coalition’s forces launch raids over the province, they mostly hit direct ISIS targets, but pro-Assad forces mainly bomb residential neighborhoods and most of the victims are civilians,” Salem said.  

Militants of the Islamic State are in control of large parts of Deir ez-Zor province. Cities and towns in Deir ez-Zor have been under constant airstrikes by the regime aircraft for months. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News 

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