Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Amnesty: US-led coalition in denial over civilian deaths in Raqqa

US-led coalition in denial over civilian deaths in Raqqa
The United States-led coalition is "deeply in denial" about the number of civilians killed during an offensive it launched to remove the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group from Syria's Raqqa last year, Amnesty International has said.

In a statement released by the rights organisation on Tuesday, the group condemned the US-led coalition's position on the findings of a report, published on June 5, about the four-month-long assault to remove ISIL from its self-proclaimed capital in Syria.

"The coalition's knee-jerk reactions are long on rhetoric and short on detail," Donatella Rovera, a senior adviser at Amnesty International, said in a statement on Tuesday. "They lay bare how deeply in denial the coalition leadership is about its failure to protect civilians caught in conflict," she added.

"Unless the coalition learns from its mistakes in Raqqa - and Mosul beforehand - it will be doomed to repeat them, with civilians again paying a devastating price," she warned.

The report, titled War of annihilation: Devastating Toll on Civilians, Raqqa - Syria, includes field investigations from Amnesty International researchers who visited 42 coalition air attack sites across the city.

It found that hundreds of civilians were killed during the US-led coalition's military offensive to remove ISIL from Raqqa.

U.S.-led coalition committed crimes against civilians in<a href='http://www.elethos.gr/search/label/Syria/'> Syria</a>,<a href='http://www.elethos.gr/search/label/Iraq/'> Iraq</a>

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