USA and Russian Federation commanders exchange '10-12 calls' a day on Syria

Since 2001 US has renormalized the bombing of civilian areas

Since 2001 US has renormalized the bombing of civilian areas

The letter further said, "The government of the Syrian Arab Republic calls on the Security Council to implement its resolutions on the fight against terrorism, especially Resolution 2253, and to immediately stop the crimes by the coalition against innocent civilians in Syria".

On 6 June, the SDF and coalition forces launched the final phase of their operation to recapture Raqqa from IS control. Almost 800 civilians have been killed since the battle for Raqqa began, two and a half months ago, according to SOHR. "More can and must be done to preserve the lives of civilians trapped in the conflict and to facilitate their safe passage away from the battleground".

An escape from the besieged terrorist stronghold, however, seems nearly impossible due to the intensive fighting, shelling by the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and airstrikes by the US-led coalition, Egeland said.

According to the latest estimate by the US-led coalition, 624 civilians in Syria and Iraq are believed have been unintentionally killed by its strikes since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve in 2014.

Local sources told Syria's official news agency, SANA, on Thursday that seven people, mostly women and children, were killed when US-led jets targeted residential buildings in the town of Mayadin, located some 45 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital city of Dayr al-Zawr.

"Boats on the Euphrates must not be attacked, people who come out can not risk air raids when they come out", Jan Egeland, humanitarian adviser on Syria, told reporters in Geneva.

"But", he added, "I would ask someone to show me hard information that says that civilian casualties have increased in Raqqa to some significant degree".

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After demanding the United Nations prevent the so-called worldwide coalition from committing new crimes against innocent civilians, the Foreign Ministry urged the UN to implement its resolutions on the fight terrorism.

"It was indescribable, it was like the end of the world - the noise, people screaming", one witness told Amnesty International of a recent bombardment.

"The ones we hope will listen and take measures to protect civilians are the coalition forces", Rovera told VOA.

Advancing overnight, troops north and south of Badiya met up and seized Jabal Dahek, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It warns that many of those civilians are effectively being used as human shields by ISIS, which it says has used "multiple tactics" to prevent them fleeing, including laying landmines along exit routes, setting up checkpoints and firing on those caught trying to leave.

Several eyewitnesses told the organization how Russian forces dropped four cluster bombs on Sabkha Camp on 23 July, killing around 10 civilians, among them an 18-month-old baby. "How have we got to this place so quickly? This includes selecting lawful targets, avoiding indiscriminate or disproportionate strikes, and taking all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians", said Donatella Rovera.

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