International Coalition announces bombing mosque in Deir al-Zor
Turkey - SMART
On Friday, the International Coalition Against the Islamic State (IS) announced its responsibility for bombing a mosque in the town of al-Safsafah near Deir al-Zor city, Eastern Syria.
In a statement obtained by SMART, the International Coalition said that it targeted an IS operation control headquarters built inside a mosque in al-Safsafah on Jan. 17, 2019.
The statement mentioned that the IS "continues to violate the law of armed conflict and abuse protected buildings, such as hospitals and mosques, exposing these buildings to be targeted."
The International Coalition said that bombing the mosque led to the killing of several IS members, who posed a threat to forces allied with the coalition, in an indication to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The statement said that the mosque bombing deprived the IS of the chance to launch "fatal field attacks," adding that the International Coalition will continue to support its partners to gain control of the areas occupied by the IS.
The coalition's acknowledgment of bombing a mosque comes as several reports are issued daily, documenting the killing of civilians, including women and children, by coalition bombings on IS-controlled areas, especially in the eastern Deir al-Zor countryside.
Earlier, an International Coalition's airstrike killed 11 members of one family, including four children, in the village of al-Kishkiyah, eastern Deir al-Zor. Another coalition airstrike killed 11 members of another family, including eight children, in the city of al-Shaafah, while earlier, a third airstrike killed 15 members of one family in the village of al-Kashmah.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights documented the killing of 165 civilians by SDF and International Coalition forces bombings on the towns of the Hajin area, eastern Deir al-Zor before the SDF gained control of the area.