Assad regime’s and Russian airstrikes have killed at least 47 people, including 31 civilians, in an ISIS-held town near Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, a monitor group and activists have said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Saturday’s raids hit the town of Al Qurayyah in Deir Ezzor province.
At least 31 civilians were identified among those killed, but it was not immediately clear whether the 16 others were civilians or the fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS), the Observatory said.
“IS fighters have now set up a security perimeter around the residential area, where the town’s mosque is located,” said Abdel Rahman.
Activists’ sources said that the Russian jet fighters attacked with vacuum bombs al-Iman Mosque in the middle of al-Qoriyya city in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside when people gathered to see what happened, the Russian fighters attacked the scenes with cluster bombs immediately killing 42 people and injuring more than 100.
People are still attempting to uncover bodies buried in the buildings which were reduced to rubble by the intensity of the high explosives.
Mosques’ microphones called upon people to head to the makeshift hospitals for blood donation amid the waves of the casualties after the deadly air attacks.
“The death toll is sure to rise … the loss is great, we are being slaughtered and massacred en masse, while the world is watching our Assad and Russian perpetrators and doing nothing,” one of the Deir Ezzor activists wrote on his Facebook page.
Russian jets kill more civilians in Raqqa
Russian forces have stepped up their bombardment of many areas in Syria committing new massacres and harvesting more of Syrian civilians’ lives.
Russian jets have stepped up the bombardment of areas in Raqqa province after the latest advancement of ISIS troops and committed a new massacre, as 25 civilians were killed and other dozens injured including women and children.
On Sunday, the Russian jets committed another massacre in Raqqa in Tabqa city. Activists said Russian jets targeted residential neighborhoods in al-Tabaqa city using cluster bombs, leading to the death of 16 civilians and the injury of more than 30.
The campaign has prompted a mass exodus of locals from the town to safer areas and caused mass destruction in the Raqqa and its surroundings.