Deir el-Zour, Syria

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

Civil­ians slain: Dozens of Syr­ian civil­ians, in­clud­ing chil­dren, were killed by U.S. and Rus­sian airstrikes this week, as mul­ti­ple sides in the con­flict tried to break the ISIS siege of Deir el-Zour. Rus­sian forces back­ing Syr­ian troops were re­spon­si­ble for most of the civil­ian deaths, while an er­rant strike from U.S. forces back­ing Kur­dish troops killed 12 mem­bers of a Syr­ian fam­ily. Thanks largely to Rus­sian mil­i­tary sup­port, the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment once again con­trols 85 per­cent of Syr­ian ter­ri­tory and is clos­ing in on the re­main­der, still held by mil­i­tants. Since 2015, Rus­sia has de­liv­ered thou­sands of tons of mil­i­tary equip­ment and sup­plies to Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad.

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