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Report: 173 Syrian Civilians Killed by US Warplanes

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Dec 2016 05:07 PM

U.S. warplanes targeting ISIS fighters have accidentally killed 173 civilians in airstrikes since August 2014, officials reported Thursday.

The two most deadly airstrikes occurred in northern Syria in July, with 24 civilians killed July 18 in a strike of Manbij that wiped out more than 100 ISIS combatants.

"Unknown to coalition planners, civilians were moving around within the military staging area, even as other civilians in the nearby village had departed over the previous days," according to a statement about the strike from officials for Operation Inherent Resolve, Stars and Stripes reported

On July 28, near Arghanndorh, another 15 civilians were killed when an ISIS vehicle was targeted.

"Although the coalition makes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some cases casualties are unavoidable," the statement said.

The Hill reported five other incidents occurred:

  • On March 31, near Sala Heya, Syria, three civilians were killed by coalition counter-battery artillery during a strike on an ISIS mortar system.
  • On May 16, near As Shaddadi, Syria, two civilians were killed in a strike on seven ISIS fighters in a moving vehicle. One civilian was a passenger in the vehicle, while the other was riding a motorcycle that came near the ISIS vehicle after the strike was fired.
  • On Oct. 4, near Taltanah, Syria, one civilian was killed in the blast after a strike on ISIS fighters.
  • On Oct. 17, near Idlib, Syria, one civilian was killed when he entered the target area after the strike was fired at ISIS fighters.

Three more strikes from October are still being assessed, the statement added.

The anti-ISIS air campaign began in August 2014.

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