Russian strikes kill more than 25 civilians in ISIS-held town eastern Syria

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ARA News 

ALEPPO – In its campaign to support the Syrian regime’s army, Russia conducted on Friday several airstrikes on a town in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, local sources reported. 

At least 27 civilians were killed and dozens more injured in Russian strikes in the town of Tabiyat Jazeera in Deir ez-Zor province, which is under the control of militants of the Islamic State (ISIS).

“Russian strikes hit residential buildings in Tabiyat Jazeera, killing and wounding a large number of civilians,” doctor Akram Sawwah told ARA News in Deir ez-Zor. 

“Dead bodies of 27 civilian victims, including 11 children, were pulled from the rubble,” Sawwah reported. “More than 34 others were injured under the raids, some of them are in critical conditions.”

Speaking to ARA News, local media activist Ahmed Salame said that the targeted neighborhood in Tabiyat Jazeera “doesn’t include any ISIS headquarters”. 

“The main target of the Russian strikes on Friday were civilians; otherwise, the warplanes could have targeted the main ISIS buildings in the town, such as the security center and the checkpoints,” Salame said. 

This comes amid intensified Russian raids on eastern Syria in a bid to help pro-Assad ground troops to recapture Deir ez-Zor province. 

Reporting by: Helin Saeed

Source: ARA News 

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