US Airstrike Kills 33 Civilians Seeking Shelter at Syrian School


An air strike on a school sheltering displaced people have killed at least 33 near the Isis held city of Raqqa, Syria, a monitoring group has said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was believed the US-led coalition had carried out the attack.

The air strike took place earlier this week, he added.



The activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said the school was sheltering around 50 families when it was levelled by air strikes.

“The massacres committed by [the] US-led coalition in Raqqa is unacceptable,” the group later tweeted.

“The international community must intervene to stop this.”

There were families still unaccounted for, said the group.

Last week, Centcom said it was investigating reports at least 46 people, from which most of them were civilians were killed and dozens more injured in an air strike on a mosque in rebel-held Aleppo.

It denied US jets deliberately hit the mosque but said strikes targeted an al-Qaeda meeting location in nearby Idlib province, although a later statement clarified it was not clear where the strikes had taken place.

If confirmed, which seems probable, this would be the second US strike causing large civilian casualties in Syria in a week, with the previous attack further west in the village of al-Jineh destroying part of a mosque and killing at least 49 civilians, and according to some reports as many as 75.