UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The official representative of the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, expressed his concern about the death of civilians in the area of the outpost of the Islamic State terrorist group (IS) in the Syrian border region of al Baghouz, bordering on Iraq.
“We are extremely concerned about the safety of civilians, who may remain in the last IS-controlled area of El Baguz in eastern Syria,” said Dujarrik. “After an offensive operation conducted on Monday in the area of El Baguz, 50 civilians were killed and dozens of injured, with women and children being the majority of victims of air strikes. Reports were reportedly inflicted when civilians attempted to flee the area.”
As Dujarrik noted, the UN calls “all parties to ensure the safety of civilians.”
Earlier, Mustafa Bali, the head of the information service of the armed forces coalition “Forces of Democratic Syria” (SDF), said in an interview with the television channel Al Hadath that the Kurdish forces completely surrounded the militants in the area of El Baguz. Their underground shelters are attacked by the air forces of the Western coalition led by the United States, which support the advance of the VTS, Mustafa Bali added.
According to him, the terrorists are cut off from the Euphrates and blocked on an area of less than one square kilometer.
“The operation to clean up this area will take no more than three days,” said Bali, noting that Kurdish fighters will have to fight street battles in the village.
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