Coalition airstrikes killed 28 in eastern Syria

A view shows damaged buildings in Deir Ezzor. (Reuters)
Updated 14 November 2018
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Coalition airstrikes killed 28 in eastern Syria

  • Since 2014 the US-led coalition has acknowledged direct responsibility for more than 1,100 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq

Airstrikes by the US-led coalition have killed 28 people in an eastern Syria holdout of Daesh on the Iraqi border, a war monitor said on Tuesday.
Those killed in the village of Al-Shaafa on Sunday included 22 civilian members of Daesh families, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
“On Tuesday, 22 bodies of civilians were retrieved including nine children, as well as the remains of six other people not yet identified,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
“The strikes targeted Daesh homes in Al-Shaafa,” he said, inside a last pocket under terrorist control in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
The bodies could not be retrieved earlier because air raids were ongoing, he said.
A coalition spokesman did not immediately reply for a request for comment, but has previously said that it would investigate any credible claims of civilian casualties.
The coalition has been backing a Kurdish-led alliance called the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting the terrorists.
The SDF late last month suspended its fight against Daesh in protest at Turkish shelling of Kurdish militia positions along Syria’s northern border.
But they said on Sunday they were resuming their battle after “intensive contacts” with the international coalition and “strong diplomatic activity” to defuse the crisis.
Daesh overran large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq in 2014, proclaiming a “caliphate” in land it controlled.
But the terrorist group has since lost most of it to various offensives in both countries.
In Syria, the group has seen its presence reduced to parts of the vast desert and the pocket in Deir Ezzor.
Since 2014 the US-led coalition has acknowledged direct responsibility for more than 1,100 civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq, but rights groups put the number killed much higher.
Syria’s war has killed more than 360,000 people since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-regime protests.


Saudi Arabia welcomes agreement between Yemeni government and Houthis

Updated 8 min 51 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia welcomes agreement between Yemeni government and Houthis

  • The ministry said that the Kingdom was committed to reaching a political solution that guarantees the security and stability of Yemen
  • The withdrawal of armed forces from the Yemeni port of Hodeidah will happen within days

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it welcomed the agreement between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthi militia. 

The ministry said that the Kingdom was committed to reaching a political solution that guarantees the security and stability of Yemen.

The handing over of the port of Hodeidah to the control of the United Nations will help to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, the ministry stressed. 

A ceasefire agreement had been reached on Thursday with respect to the city of Hodeidah and its port.

The withdrawal of armed forces from the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, a vital aid route caught up in the fighting, will happen "within days," UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths said.