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While We Obsessed over Melania, US Airstrikes Massacre Scores of Civilians in Syria


As many as 77 innocent people or more, including 11 children, were killed during US-led coalition airstrikes performed in Syria over this Monday and Tuesday.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the US-led airstrike in Manbij, Syria targeted the group of civilians, mistakenly identifying them as ISIS-affiliated fighters. The number of those killed remains unclear, though AFP and the New York Times reported that 56 civilians were killed Monday and another 21 killed Tuesday. Dozens more have been wounded.

Other reports vary, however, and estimate higher numbers. “That school housed displaced people from neighboring villages,” Abu Omar al-Manbiji reported to Syria:direct, a non-profit reporting agency that works on the ground in Syria. “So far we count 124 dead from the attack, and that number could very well increase.”

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks civilian deaths in the area,reported that 104 civilians, including 29 children, 16 women, and 8 prisoners, have been killed in the area since the start of June, and they confirmed at least 11 children died in these latest strikes.

Manbij city is one of the most barren regions of Syria, with the U.N. Commission on Human Rights estimating approximately 70,000 civilians have been stranded in Manbij as fighting between ISIS fighters and Western-funded rebels intensifies. In


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