SYRIA ACCUSES FRENCH AIR STRIKES OF KILLING 120 CIVILIANS IN ALEPPO
DAMASCUS, Syria – The Syrian Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday urged the United Nations (UN), to condemn French air strikes, which targeted a town in northern Syria, killing 120 civilians.
The ministry said, the French war planes, part of the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition, struck the village of Tukhan al-Kubra, in the northern countryside of the town of Manbej, in Aleppo province, on Tuesday morning, committing a “bloody massacre” against civilians there.
Entire families were wiped out as a result of the “intense” shelling, by the French air forces, said the ministry, in statements sent to the UN and affiliated organisations.
“The French aggression has killed 120 civilians, most of whom were kids, women and elderly people,” said the statement, adding that, the fate of dozens of other civilians is still unknown.
Earlier on Tuesday, reports of air strikes targeting Manbej were first released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The watchdog group said, the U.S.-led coalition struck Manbej, as part of ongoing military showdown there, between the Daesh and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed Syrian rebel group, which unleashed an offensive under U.S. air cover last May, for the control of the town.
The Syrian ministry said, the U.S. war planes carried out air strikes against Manbej on Monday, killing 20 civilians.
Meanwhile, the ministry repeated its line that the U.S.-led air strikes in Syria are “illegal.”
It accused the coalition of pointing its weapons against “innocent civilians and infrastructure, instead of pointing them at the terrorist groups.”
“Syria stresses that, whoever wants to battle the terrorists, must coordinate with the Syrian government,” said the statement.
It said, the Western claims of a moderate opposition in Syria has become “a shame and unacceptable.”
“The United States, Qatar, France, Saudi Arabia and Britain, continue supporting the terrorist groups in Syria, which is a clear sign of the involvement of these countries with the terrorist groups,” said the ministry.
The ministry continued that, such crimes will not dissuade the Syrian army from carrying out its duty, in fighting the terror groups.
The U.S.-led anti-terror coalition has been backing the SDF, to capture the town since last May, so far laying a siege on the Daesh fighters and some 100,000 civilians in the town.
Manbej has a strategic importance to the U.S.-backed rebels, due to its location near Turkey. Capturing Manbej would deprive the Daesh from a key stronghold near Turkey.
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