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"Amnesty International" investigated indiscriminative US air strikes with civilian casualties

26.10.2016 11:22

Organization "Amnesty International" reported on numerous US-led coalition air strikes in Syria that leaded to civilian casualties. The experts analyzed 11 attacks of the coalition and made a conclusion that at least 300 civilians had been killed during 2 years of strikes against Islamic State.

According to "Amnesty International", the US authorities provided no response to the memorandum sent to the US Department of Defense on 28 September 2016 to raise questions about the conduct of coalition in Syria. "We fear the US-led Coalition is significantly underestimating the harm caused to civilians in its operations in Syria," said Lynn Maalouf Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International's Beirut regional office.

"Analysis of available evidence suggests that in each of these cases, Coalition forces failed to take adequate precautions to minimize harm to civilians and damage to civilian objects. Some of these attacks may constitute disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks. It's high time the US authorities came clean about the full extent of the civilian damage caused by Coalition attacks in Syria. Independent and impartial investigations must be carried out into any potential violations of international humanitarian law and the findings should be made public," added Maalouf.

Amnesty International analyzed available information from human rights organizations, monitoring media. It interviewed eyewitnesses, satellite imagery, photographs and video evidence of striking civilians in Syria. It is remarkable, that CENTCOM had just admitted one single such death in those attacks.

It's stressed that research and documentation issued by leading human rights and monitoring organizations such as the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Airwars, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Violations Documentation Center indicate that the total number of civilians killed by the coalition forces in Syria since operations started could be as high as 600 or more than 1000.