Attacks by Coalition forces on Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa have killed at least 173 civilians this month.
Attacks by Coalition forces on Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa have killed at least 173 civilians this month. Guillaume Briquet

Civilians 'sacrificed' for victory

AFTER the death of at least 173 civilians this month in air and ground strikes in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the United Nations human rights chief has urged major powers fighting Islamic State to review operations. The "conservative estimate” comes as up to 100,000 others are still "effectively trapped” in Raqqa, says Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. "Civilians must not be sacrificed for the sake of rapid military victories,” he said. Bombardment had left civilians confused about where they could seek refuge as they were caught between IS's "monstrosities and the fierce battle to defeat it”.



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