BlackHouse, Aug. 31 – People in the Syrian city of Raqqa are reported to be in a critical condition targeted by ISIS forces on one side and US strikes on the other.
According to the estimates by the UN, 27 civilians are victims to the raids by ISIS or coalition in Raqqa every day. The US-led coalition has no regard about the people used by the ISIS as human shield. “The UN estimates that an average of 27 people are being killed in Raqqa, every day,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien said.
Speaking in UN Security Council on Wednesday, O’Brien further explained that the number of people trapped within the city exceeds 25,000. Besieged by ISIS on one side and US strikes on a larger scale, the poor civilians are killed on after another during the operation to liberate the city.
“They risk being killed, either by airstrikes, or by ISIL snipers or mines if they try to flee, or being used as human shields if they remain,” O’Brien asserted. He also urged all sides involved in the battle to “spare civilian lives.”
The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide also revealed that the boats carrying the civilians fleeing from the predicament have been targeted and bombed by the coalition forces on the Euphrates river. Special adviser Adama Dieng further said, “I am deeply disturbed by reports coming out of Raqqa of the horrendous situation faced by civilians caught up in the offensive to retake the city from the so-called ISIS.”
The legitimate aim of retaking Raqqa must not be achieved at such a high cost to civilians.
Since the start of their operation in Syria and Iraq, the US-led coalition took the lives of thousands of civilians. Unofficial data says that the number of people killed by US strikes exceeds the ISIS murders in some regions.