Russian Airstrikes Kill 46 Civilians in North Syria

Attacks Targeted ISIS Capital, al-Qaeda Held Towns

A series of Russian airstrikes against different rargets in northern Syria have killed at least 46 civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. No combatants were reported slain in the strikes.

The main focus of the strikes was the ISIS capital city of Raqqa, as well as the Idlib town of Jisr al-Shuguhr, which is under the control of al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra. 19 were killed in Raqqa, including six children, and two rescue workers.

Russian airstrikes have chiefly targeted al-Qaeda territory in Idlib and the surrounding area, aiming to allow a Syrian military offensive to reclaim some of the territory they’ve lost to the al-Qaeda Islamist coalition, and secure routes between the capital city of Damascus and the coast.

US and British officials have been slamming Russia for launching so many airstrikes against factions other than ISIS, though the US has launched more than a few attacks on al-Qaeda as well. Russia has increased its strikes in Raqqa to try to placate the West, though seemingly with no more success at hitting actually combatants than the Western nations have.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of