SYRIA – At least eight civilians were killed by a US-led bombing campaign in a village in Hasakah province in northeast Syria, according to local media.
The air raids targeted the village of Hamadi in the southern countryside of the province, according to a Syria Satellite Channel.
This is the second airborne bombardment by the international alliance in Hasakah province this month that has caused casualties among civilians.
On May 1, an air bombing campaign killed more than 25 civilians, injuring more than 100 others, and damaging local infrastructure.
It must be noted that the US-led air coalition, currently consisting of the US, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Jordan, began in September 2014 without permission from the United Nations or Damascus.
This is in stark contrast to the Russian intervention that began in September 2015 with close coordination with Syrian Army forces. Because of this close coordination, civilian casualties, although existing, has been far less then that of the US-led coalition.
Alexander Lukashevich, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, opposed the US-led military intervention in 2014 as it was “without the consent of the legitimate government” and said that “this step, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law.”
The Russian position found wide international support, including from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who said “It’s President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian government which have stopped the terrorists” and continued by saying “Instead of bombing and bombing, we must make an alliance for peace.”
The US however has not sought for peace as it continues to bomb civilians and Syrian Army positions. The most recent example of US bombing Syrian Army positions was in April in “retaliation” for an alleged chemical weapons attack. American, British and French forces bombed a number of sites, with the overwhelming majority of missiles intercepted.