Raqqa: US-Led Coalition Offensive Killing ‘Staggering’ Number of Civilians, Say UN War Crimes Investigators

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Raqqa offensive: US-led coalition air strikes killing ‘staggering’ number of civilians 

UN warns defeat of Isis must not come at ‘expense of civilians’ trapped under group’s control

US-led air strikes against Isis in Syria are causing “staggering” numbers of civilian deaths, a UN war crimes investigator has warned as the Raqqa offensive intensifies.

Ground forces in the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition are advancing on Isis’s largest remaining stronghold under a hail of bombardment including incendiary weapons.

After months of pushes through surrounding countryside and villages, fighting is now hitting densely populated areas where jihadis are holding hundreds of thousands of men, women and children as human shields

Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told the UN Human Rights Council the imperative to fight terrorism must not come “at the expense of civilians who unwillingly find themselves living in areas where Isis is…

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