Deadly air strikes 'hit residential areas' in Raqqa

At least 21 civilians killed in suspected Russian air strikes on ISIL-held Raqqa in northern Syria, activist says.

    Deadly air strikes 'hit residential areas' in Raqqa

    At least 21 civilians have been killed and 11 wounded in suspected Russian air strikes in the city of Raqqa in northern Syria, Al Jazeera has learnt.

    The warplanes on Thursday targeted several buildings in the city, which has been under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group since early 2014.

    Read more: Up to 7,000 Syrians tortured or killed in detention

    Ghareb al-Omawi, a local activist, said two firefighters were among those killed.

    "Three firetrucks were targeted in the air strikes killing two firefighters. Residential areas were targeted and 21 civilians were killed," he told Al Jazeera.

    Thousands of photos 'prove crimes against humanity' in Syria

    "This is the routine here in Raqqa, this is the reality we live in."

    Al-Omawi is a member of the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently group, launched in April 2014 with the goal of exposing the "atrocities committed" by the Syrian government and ISIL.

    A member of the collective, Ahmad Mohamed al-Mousa, was killed by a group of masked and armed men in Idlib on Thursday, al-Omawi told Al Jazeera.

    In November, the group was awarded the 2015 international press freedom award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

    In another development, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least seven civilians were killed in suspected Russian air strikes in Aleppo suburbs.


    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.