Dozens of civilians, mostly children and women, killed in air strikes on Al-Bukamal

At least 18 civilians, including children and women, were killed in aerial bombardment on the town of Al-Bukamal in Deir AL-Zor province.

The aerial bombardment believed to be by the Iraqi air force, according to the monitors of Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights (FFHR),occurred in the early morning on Monday May 15, 2017 in the Syrian town of Al-Bukamal in the countryside of DeirAl-Zor provincenear the border with Iraq.

The air bombardment coincided with the advance of the Iraqi militias form a government-backed popular fighting force called the “Hashid Shaabi” in the vicinity of the Qayrawan area west of the Iraqi town of Tall Afar,particularly the town of Baaj, the most important strongholds of the Islamic State (ISIS) in western Mosul and adjacent to the borders with Syria.

The town of Baaj is one of the most important routes used by ISIS linking the Syrian and Iraqi areas under theircontrol and used to transfer theirweapons, leaders and for oil trade.

The aerial bombardment targeted the following positions:

1- Al-Munthir Street near Al-Rahman Mosque

2 –Siteen Street near the Rasafa complexes

The targeted area is considered one of the most densely populated areas by virtue of its location in the middle of the town of Al-Bukamal.

At least 30 civilians were killed in the attack.

Our foundation FFHR documented an initial death toll of 18 civilians:ten adults includingtwo women and eight children including two girls.

The remains of the dead are still being pulled out from the rubble of the devastated area.

Our monitors reported at least 9 unidentified Syrian refugees, as well as 19 Iraqi refugees whose names have not been documented.

FFHR monitors also reported three dead were still unidentified.

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, ISIS called for tight security measures in the town of Al-Bukamal after burying the dead of the bombing and transporting the wounded to the hospitals of Al-Mayadeen near the border with Syria.