According to on-site activists with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in London, at least 36 civilians were killed during the air strikes of the Syrian government against the Islamic State in Raqqa.
The opposition activist network said that around 36 to 80 people had died from two successive bombing runs. They also confirm that the bombings had killed a majority of civilians.
The Observatory said that the Syrian government air strikes had targeted a popular market in Raqqa and industrial areas where large explosions had caused great casualties.
According to Observatory Director Rami Abdel Rahman, “The first strike came, residents rushed to rescue the wounded, and then the second raid took place.”
A pro-Islamic State media group, Amaq, showed firemen dousing several burning cars with water and medics placing several bodies into the back of an ambulance. While the video cannot be verified, the bodies were believed to have been civilians.
“This is one of the ugliest regime massacres in Raqqa to date,” Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, a Moscow-based activist who oversees the group Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered, said.
The US and Arabian allies had been conducting air strikes on IS positions in Raqqa and elsewhere in northern and eastern Syria since September. They have downed several IS targets with none to minimal civilian casualties.