Deir ez-Zor, Syria – On Wednesday, the Syrian air force carried out several air raids on the city of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria, where extremists of the Islamic State (IS) are in control.
At least 12 civilians were killed as a missile –launched by pro-Assad warplanes– hit a civilian bus carrying passengers in Deir ez-Zor.
“Among the casualties were 7 children,” an eyewitness told ARA News.
“Pro-Assad forces never care about civilians. There are still many people living here in Deir ez-Zor who insist on staying, regardless of the persecution practised by IS terrorists; but the pro-Assad warplanes carries out air strikes killing dozens, which means such operations are not really focused on IS,” an opposition activist in Deir ez-Zor told ARA News, preferring anonymity.
Deir ez-Zor is considered the second main stronghold of the Islamic State’s militants in Syria after Raqqa province.
The Syrian regime’s military forces have recently intensified operations against IS headquarters in Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa.
According to locals activists, the air strikes of pro-Assad forces claimed lives of more civilians than of IS militants.
Reporting by: Salem Abdurrahman
Source: ARA News
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