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Syria raids on IS bastion killed scores of civilians: Amnesty

UNITAR-UNOSAT satellite images of the shrine of Uwais al-Qurani and Ammar bin Yasser in the Syrian city of Raqa on October 12, 2011 (L) and on October 6, 2014 (R) resulting from the ongoing conflictThe Syrian government killed more than 100 civilians in a series of “ruthless air strikes” on a bastion of the Islamic State group last year, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. In a new report, the London-based human rights group said some of the strikes launched by the regime in November 2014 on the city of Raqa gave “every indication of being war crimes”. The group said the strikes carried out between November 11 and 29 killed 115 civilians, including 14 children, and hit non-military targets including a mosque, a transport hub and a busy market. Raqa city is the self-proclaimed capital of the brutal IS jihadist group in Syria, but Amnesty said there was no indication that militant positions were the target of the series of strikes.

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