US-led Coalition forces carrying out air strikes in Syria must conduct thorough investigations into reports of civilian casualties from its operations and disclose their findings, said Amnesty International.
Eleven Coalition attacks examined by the organization appear to have killed some 300 civilians during two years of strikes targeting the Islamic State.
“It’s high time the US authorities came clean about the full extent of the civilian damage caused by Coalition attacks in Syria. We fear the US-led Coalition is significantly underestimating the harm caused to civilians in its operations in Syria. Analysis of available evidence suggests that in each of these cases, Coalition forces failed to take adequate precautions to minimize harm to civilians and damage to civilian objects. Some of these attacks may constitute disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks,” said Lynn Maalouf Deputy Director for Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office.
Amnesty International has reviewed publicly available information from local human rights organizations and monitoring groups as well as media reports, and where feasible it has interviewed eyewitnesses, carried out analysis of satellite imagery, photographs and video evidence, to piece together as much detail as possible about the circumstances of 11 US-led Coalition attacks in which evidence suggests as many as 300 civilians were killed.
Research and documentation by leading human rights and monitoring organizations indicates that the total number of civilians killed by Coalition forces in Syria since operations began could be as high as 600 or more than 1,000.