At least 31 civilians were killed in coalition airstrikes in Syria’s eastern region of Deir Ezzor on Sunday, including six children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The airstrikes killed 17 more in Deir Ezzor on Sunday and another eight on Monday. The airstrikes destroyed buildings and private homes and also hit opposition gathering points in a new wave of strikes since Thursday.
Protesters gather outside the UN Security Council in New York calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria on Monday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
“We have information that coalition strikes destroyed a centre used for fleeing families, with links to people recruited as fighters, and a United Nations compound in which two Syrian Red Crescent ambulances were parked,” Observatory spokesman Rami Abdulrahman told Agence France-Presse.
Ten children were among those killed in the air strikes on Monday, Abdulrahman said. Meanwhile, Syrian government forces and their allies reported advances against rebel-held areas of Deir Ezzor. On Friday, at least 10 people were killed when a bomb dropped from a helicopter tore through a market. Rebels have controlled a sliver of the eastern province since 2015, when they overran it.
Despite calls from the United Nations for a ceasefire in Syria, the government and rebel forces have conducted more attacks on civilians. The Observer has more on the attacks.