At least 173 civilians have been killed so far this month in the Syrian city of Raqqa, in the U.S.-led Coalition air strikes against the Islamic State group, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein says.
In this regard, al-Hussein called on all sides, conducting the operation in Raqqa, to increase precautionary measures to minimize casualties among civilians.
“Civilians must not be sacrificed for the sake of rapid military victories”, he told the ABC.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also stressed that there were more than 100,000 Syrians left in Raqqa. The Coalition’s indiscriminate air strikes don’t only kill civilians, but also destroy the infrastructure of the city, which is already on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.