On Tuesday, while the United State was obsessing over the Republican National Convention and Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech, over 56 civilians in Manbij, a city in northern Syria, were reported killed by an airstrike. Reportedly, a city resident monitoring group said the strike came from a United States-led coalition aircraft.
The United States started coalitions like the one that struck Manbij to help fight the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq over two years ago. An organization backed by the coalition, Syria Democratic Forces, is a combination of Kurdish and Arab soldiers. They seized Manbij at the end of May and currently surround the city. The Islamic State is still attacking and many civilians are trapped between the two parties. As the Syria Democratic Forces moved in, the ISIS troops were not allowing civilians to leave.
“Col. Chris Garver, a spokesman for the United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, said it was looking into reports of civilian deaths. He said the military was being ‘extraordinarily careful to make sure’ that airstrikes were selectively hitting fighters for the militant group. The coalition said it had conducted more than 450 strikes in the vicinity of Manbij.”
Reportedly over 104 innocent civilians have been killed in those 450 strikes. (Tuesday’s strike killed 11 children.) According to a statement made by The United States High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the city has no running water or electricity while civilians are being killed for attempting to flee.
Garver went on to describe the situation:
“Families are unable to access local cemeteries to bury their relatives who have died or been killed, and are burying them in their gardens or keeping the corpses in bunkers.”
A final heartbreaking note to this heartbreaking story: It appears the 56 people were actually attempting to flee the violence when they were struck.
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