Air strikes carried out by Syrian government warplanes on the Islamic State-held northern city of Raqqa has left at least 36 civilians dead.
At least 36 civilians are dead and countless more injured following air strikes by Syrian government warplanes on the northern city of Raqqa, which is under the control of the Islamic State.
The Syrian government and the United States frequently bomb the city of Raqqa, which the Islamic State has turned into a stronghold for itself. Activists say that majority of those killed in these raids are civilians.
Most of the casualties have occurred from two particular strikes, which hit an industrial area – according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Activists have stated the civilian cost to be currently 36, but one opposition activist network was quoted saying more than 80 people had died.
Several children were reported to be among the deceased, according to the reports by the activists.
The Syrian Observatory stated that Tuesday’s air strikes had also targeted, alongside the industrial area, a popular market near Raqqa’s museum.
The organisation director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP news agency, “The first strike came, residents rushed to rescue the wounded, and then the second raid took place”