Syria: Airstrikes kill 17 civilians near de-facto Islamic State capital Raqqa | world-news | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Jun 27, 2017-Tuesday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Syria: Airstrikes kill 17 civilians near de-facto Islamic State capital Raqqa

The activist-operated group, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, said 17 civilians were killed in the airstrike on buses carrying civilians.

world Updated: May 28, 2017 22:49 IST
Syria
An activist group says that the airstrikes were on buses carrying civilians in Raqqa.(AFP File Photo/ Representative image)

Syrian opposition activist groups say airstrikes have killed at least 17 people just south of the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 18 people were killed in the airstrikes on the road between the villages of Ratla and Kasrat. It said Sunday’s airstrikes hit buses, adding that the identity of the dead is not known.

The activist-operated group, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, said 17 civilians were killed in the airstrike on buses carrying civilians.

Both groups blamed the US-led coalition, which has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria against IS since September 2014.

US-backed Syrian fighters have been marching toward Raqqa for weeks under the cover of coalition airstrikes.