US-led coalition denies reports of civilian casualties in Baghouz attack

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Coalition led by the United States denies reports of civilian casualties on striking the Syrian Baghouz, spokesman for the coalition Sean Ryan told RIA on Monday.

“The coalition does not see any evidence that this time there are casualties among civilians. We take seriously all claims of civilian deaths. As part of our rigorous planning, we take the most serious measures to avoid civilian casualties,” he said.

Earlier, Syrian State TV reported the death of more than 50 civilians as a result of an international coalition air strike led by the United States in the village of Baguz in the south-east of the country.

This locality is now stormed by the Arab-Kurdish detachments of the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF).

The US-supported SDF announced on Sunday the resumption of operations against militants of the Islamic State terrorist group in the village of Baghouz in southeastern Syria.

 With the aviation support of the international coalition led by the United States, the SDF has been fighting against IS remnants for several months now. Syrian media have repeatedly reported civilian casualties and the use of white phosphorus by the coalition in Baguz airstrikes.

The head of the SDF press center, Mustafa Bali, said that after the announcement of February 9 by the leadership of the SDF about the final stage of the assault on Baghouz, about 15 thousand people left the area near the Iraqi border. According to the SDF, most of the militants of the IS who remained in Baguz are foreigners, they dug up defensive tunnels.

Syrian authorities called on the UN to take action against those guilty of using white phosphorus and the death of civilians during the attacks on Baguz and to stop the illegal stay of the coalition in Syria.

The representative of the Pentagon then stated that the US coalition did not disclose that for the ammunition used in Syria, but they comply with international standards. Since 2014, the United States and its allies have conducted an operation against IS in Syria and Iraq, and they operate in Syria without the consent of the country’s authorities.

In December 2018, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria.

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