US airstrikes continue without Damascus consent
At least 60 civilians have been killed in fresh airstrikes conducted by US led-coalition in Dayr al-Zawr province in eastern Syria. The coalition has been conducting air raids since September 2014 without any authorisation from Damascus or a UN mandate.
According to official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Tuesday raids destroyed homes in several districts in Dayr al-Zawr and left scores, mostly women and children, wounded.
The airstrikes came less than 48 hours after US led jets bombarded civilian areas, including a hospital, in Al Bukamal city in the same province, killing six civilians and injuring 10 others. The coalition strikes on many occasions have resulted in civilian casualties.
On Sunday, Damascus sent an official request to UN calling for dissolving the US-led coalition in Syria and halt alliance’s air strikes in the country.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry, through two different letters addressed to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has complained that the US led coalition “continues to commit massacres against Syrian innocent civilians through conducting systematic airstrikes.” Damascus has also noted that the US-led strikes were meant to support terrorist groups in that country.
Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad, while addressing 22nd Army foundation day, on Tuesday, said that his country was facing Takfiri terrorists, a term used to the terror groups influenced by Saudi origin Wahabi ideology, the likes of which have never been throughout the history in terms of treachery, malevolence and hatred, an enemy which is backed by several regional and international parties that have been seeking for years to impose their dominance on the whole region.
In early January 2015, an Iraqi Member of Parliament Majid al-Ghraoui, told official Iraqi News Agency that an American aircraft dropped a load of weapons and equipment into the hands of the IS militants in south-east of Tikrit, the hometown of former President Saddam Hussein.