The school was being used as a sanctuary by approximately fifty families.
On Tuesday, a suspected U.S. air strike targeted a school being used as a shelter by families displaced from the Isil-held city of Raqq in Syria. At least thirty-three were reported dead, reports CBS News.
The school was being used as a sanctuary by approximately fifty families in Mansoura, which is 15 miles from the capital of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (Isil) caliphate. Those on the ground report that the death toll is expected to rise, as bodies are still being pulled from the rubble.
SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahman told the French news agency AFP:
“We can now confirm that 33 people were killed, and they were displaced civilians from Raqqa, Aleppo and Homs. They’re still pulling bodies out of the rubble until now. Only two people were pulled out alive.”
An activist belonging to the group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently relayed that “All remaining hospitals in the countryside have been rendered inoperable.”
“The international coalition indiscriminately bombs the city, civilians expect their death coming down from the sky,” they added.
This is the second raid in a matter of days. According to MintPressNews, a coalition raid occurred on a mosque outside the city of Aleppo last Thursday. As many as 46 perished in the attack, making it the deadliest for civilians since the campaign against Isil began two years ago.
What’s worse, the White House is now contemplating lifting rules of engagement which were enacted by Obama (the former U.S. President who ordered 10x as many drone strikes as Bush) which sought to avoid civilian deaths.
Early Wednesday, U.S. officials confirmed that helicopters had airlifted approximately 500 Syrian fighters into an area west of Raqqa. This is the first known instance of American helicopters aiding Syrian fighters and transporting them into battle. According to the statement received from the U.S.-led coalition, no American advisers were accompanying the fighters on the ground.
The coalition has stepped up its air campaign strategies in recent months and is preparing for a ground assault to retake the strategic Syrian city from the Islamic extremists. Such is an effect of President Trump’s promise to eradicate Islamic terror in the country divided by conflict since 2011.
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