US Phosphorous Bombs Hit Two Hospitals in Syria’s Raqqa, Leave 30 Civilians Dead

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition warplanes targeted a state and a children’s hospital in the Eastern city of Raqqa with phosphorous bombs, killing at least 30 civilians, deputy head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reported on Saturday.

Dina al-Assad reported that the warplanes carried out 20 combat sorties and targeted the hospital’s power generators, vehicles and wards.

She further said that the hospital was rendering medical services to over 100,000 population of Raqqa city, adding that ISIL was not present at all at the hospital.

In the meantime, Head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Fowaz al-Asaf announced that over 65 government facilities, including sugar company, have thus far been destroyed in the offensive of the US warplanes and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Raqqa.

Field sources reported that 30 civilians have been killed and several more have been wounded in the phosphorus bomb attacks on the state and children’s hospitals in Raqqa.

The Arabic-language al-Ahd reported on Friday that 18 civilians were killed in the US airstrikes in Raqqa city, while Qasiyoun news website affiliated to opposition groups reported that eight members of a family were among the civilians killed in the air attack.

The warplanes, meantime, targeted al-Thaknah neighborhood in the Western direction of the Central part of the city, killing several civilians.

Baladi news network, affiliated to dissidents, announced that 189 civilians were killed in US air attacks in Raqqa in July.

In the meantime, over 50 civilians were killed in the US airstrike on Raqqa countryside, old mine and al-Tabni region, the sources said, adding that a large number of civilians are leaving Deir Ezzur in groups.

After Bombing Raqqa Hospital, Coalition Airstrikes Reportedly Kill 43 Civilians

The aircraft of the US-led coalition carried out several airstrikes on the residential areas of the Syrian city of Raqqa leaving at least 43 civilians killed and others injured, Sana news agency reported Saturday.

BEIRUT (Sputnik) — The Syrian state-run Sana agency reported citing sources that the coalition airstrikes had also caused damage to the civilian infrastructure.

Earlier in the day, Sana reported citing the deputy head of the local brach of the Red Crescent. that the US-led coalition allegedly struck a Raqqa hospital used exclusively by civilians with banned phosphorus bombs.

This was not the first time the US-led coalition used banned phosphorus bombs in Raqqa airstrikes. In June, the coalition explained to Sputnik that it used white phosphorus to screen and mark targets in Raqqa during the operation to liberate the Syrian city from Daesh.

Syrian media have repeatedly reported about the cases of the US-led coalition shelling of the civilian infrastructure objects leading to casualties.

On Friday, Sana news agency reported that coalition warplanes struck Raqqa leaving a woman and 7 children dead.

The same day, the US-led coalition updated the number civilian casualties in its anti-Daesh operation in Syria and Iraq that has risen to 624 people since the start of the campaign.

Last week, Sana news agency reported several times that civilians were killed in US-led coalition’s strikes in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq since 2014. The strikes in Syria are not authorized by the government of President Bashar Assad or the UN Security Council.