Russian Air Strikes and Regime Forces Kill 85 in Deir-ez-Zor and Elsewhere

In a blatant violation of the recent truce, Syrian regime mounts offensives on rebel-held areas, killing 55 civilians, as the Russians massacre another 30 in Deir-ez-Zor

At least 55 civilians were killed and hundreds more injured in aerial and artillery bombardment by regime forces on rebel-held areas across Syria on Friday, activists said. The victims included nine children and five women. According to the Syrian Coalition’s media office, regime forces and their allies violated the truce in over 30 areas across Syria on Friday.

Rebel-held areas in the Aleppo Province and the Damascus countryside were targeted by intense bombardment, which resulted in massive damages to residential areas.

Meanwhile in eastern Syria, the Russian air force committed a massacre of 30 civilians, which included entire families in the town of Mayadin in the Deir-ez-Zor countryside on Thursday. Russian jets hit two schools sheltering dozens of displaced people in the ISIS-held town, located south of Deir-ez-Zor city.

The Syrian Coalition condemned this “heinous crime,” stating that attacks on civilians constitute a war crime and violate international law.

“Such attacks cannot be justified under any pretext, nor can the presence of ISIS in the town justify this awful crime or exempt the perpetrators from political and legal responsibility,” the Coalition statement said.

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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