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US coalition bombardment kills 10 civilians in eastern Syria

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 17, IRNA -- Ten civilians were killed in a new aggression launched by US-led coalition on al-Baghouz Camp in the southeast of Deir Ezzor.

The warplanes of the US-led coalition on Sunday shelled al-Baghouz Camp and its surroundings, claiming the lives of at least ten civilians, among whom children and women fleeing from Daesh (ISIS) terrorists' crimes in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor alongside the Iraqi border, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a civil source as saying.

The continuous air raids carried out by the coalition have made al-Baghouz area to almost complete wreckage, not to mention the increasing numbers of the killed persons, especially children, he added.

Earlier on Saturday, explosion of a land mine in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, had claimed the lives of 4 civilians and injured 36 others.

Meanwhile earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement called on the international community to join efforts in the urgent task of humanitarian demining operations in Syria.

'We call upon the international community to actively join the Russian-Syrian efforts in this direction and provide the appropriate financial and technical support,' the statement reads.

Such 'urgent and expeditious' efforts on a global scale would ultimately contribute to creating conditions for the return of millions of Syrians to their homes and the reconstruction of the country, the statement added.

Meanwhile earlier, UN reported that eight years since the war began, 12 million Syrians are either refugees or displaced inside Syria; adding up to around half the pre-war population.

"Around 70 percent of Syrian refugees live a razor-edge existence below the poverty line," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi in a joint statement, who recently visited Syria and Lebanon, where refugees make up a quarter of the population.


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