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US Coalition Hits Raqqa Hospital With Phosphorus Bombs

US Coalition Hits Raqqa Hospital With Phosphorus BombsUS Coalition Hits Raqqa Hospital With Phosphorus Bombs

The US-led coalition has allegedly struck a hospital in Syria’s Raqqa with phosphorus bombs, Sana news agency reported citing the deputy head of the local branch of the Red Crescent.

Deputy director of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent ‘SARC’ Branch in Raqqa Dina al-Asa’ad said as cited by Sana that the shelling of the National Hospital in Raqqa by the coalition with phosphorus bombs occurred on Thursday night, RT reported.

“The hospital was also shelled with more than 20 shells which targeted the electricity generators, ambulances and a number of departments inside the hospital,” Sana reported citing al-Asa’ad.

According to the Red Crescent representative, the bombed Raqqa hospital provided services for over 100 people, while the self-styled Islamic State terror group has its own hospitals and private medical centers.

Al-Asa’ad emphazided that there were no terrorists in the Raqqa hospital targeted by the US-led coalition.

This was not the first time the US-led coalition used banned phosphorus bombs in Raqqa airstrikes. In June, the coalition explained to Sputnik that it used white phosphorus to screen and mark targets in Raqqa during the operation to liberate the Syrian city from IS. On Friday, Sana news agency reported that coalition warplanes struck Raqqa leaving a woman and 7 children dead.

The same day, the US-led coalition updated the number of civilian casualties in its anti-IS operation in Syria and Iraq that has risen to 624 people since the start of the campaign.

Last week, Sana news agency reported several times that civilians were killed in US-led coalition’s strikes in the Syrian city of Deir az-Zor.

The US-led coalition of 68 nations has been conducting airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq since 2014. The strikes in Syria are not authorized by the government of President Bashar Assad or the UN Security Council.

 

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