Syria Calls on UNSC to End U.S.-Led Coalition Crimes Against Civilians

Damascus condemns anti-ISIS coalition for recent bombing on Raqqa city which killed 17, government media reports

Syria’s Foreign Ministry has called on the United Nations Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities in maintaining international peace and security, and end the U.S.-led coalition's crimes against innocent Syrian civilians.

In a statement, the ministry said that on Aug. 16 coalition aircrafts targeted residential neighborhoods in the city of Raqqa, killing 17 civilians and injuring many others, while also causing damage to infrastructure. It added that the raids on the neighborhood of Al-Thakana also led to the destruction of a church, despite there being no Islamic State (ISIS) members in the vicinity.

The ministry added that the coalition planes have engaged in the systematic and deliberate bombing of residential neighborhoods in extreme disregard for international humanitarian law and human rights.

It further called on the participating states to immediately dissolve the coalition on the basis it operates outside the framework of the U.N. and without approval from the Syrian government.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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