Syrian children walk past destruction in the city of Raqqa. File photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The United States is failing in its duties to survivors of the air war in Syria, a rights monitor stated on Friday.
“The Coalition is unashamedly ignoring the devastating legacy of its bombing campaign, adding insult to injury by making clear that it has no intention of offering survivors any form of remedy or compensation,” said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director.
The US-led coalition against ISIS confirmed on Friday that they have begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, on orders from US President Donald Trump.
The Pentagon later clarified that they are only moving non-essential equipment – no troops are leaving at this moment.
Amnesty International is partnering with conflict monitor Airwars to investigate civilian deaths in the coalition’s air campaign against ISIS in Raqqa. They state they have found evidence that the coalition violated international law. Their full report will be published in April.
Maalouf said it was “deplorable” that the US and the coalition were leaving the country with no regard to conducting a meaningful investigation into civilian deaths in Raqqa and throughout the battle grounds in northern Syria.
According to the most recent figures from the coalition, the alliance conducted 31,406 strikes between August 2014 and November 2018. During that time, they acknowledge at least 1,139 unintentional civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria.
Airwars estimates between 7,333 and 11,681 civilians have been killed.
Amnesty, in its visits to Raqqa, said that no survivors have been contacted by the coalition or offered compensation.
“Leaving such widespread civilian destruction in its wake is a humanitarian abomination that is at odds with the Coalition’s stated values,” said the rights group.