UN: US-LED AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA KILL HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS

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Airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS targets have killed hundreds of civilians around Raqqa city and left 160,000 people displaced, a United Nations panel said on Wednesday.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Brazilian diplomat who leads the panel, said the airstrikes had escalated as an American-backed militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces moved recently to retake Raqqa.
“We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an S.D.F. advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes,” Mr. Pinheiro said in a report, presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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