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Among the fatalities there are at least 15 minors. In the last 12 days more than 100 people have died.
At least 57 civilians died on Sunday (26.11.2017), including 15 children, because of attacks by Syrian troops and their allies, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.
Of them, 34 died in the bombings – launched by planes believed to belong to Russia, ally of the Syrian government – fell on the town of Al Shafah, located east of the Euphrates River as it passed through Deir al Zur and found in the hands of the terrorist militia Islamic State (EI).
The Syrian Army, with the help of Russia and other allies, is conducting a major offensive against the jihadists in the east of the country. In recent months, troops have recovered the strategic city of Al Bu Kamal, located a few kilometers from Al Shafah.
This area of Sair as Saur province, rich in oil, is important as it unites the territories controlled by the Islamists in Iraq and Syria.
The Observatory warned that the death toll could rise because there are seriously injured, in addition to missing at the site of the bombings, described as “massacre” by the Syrian NGO based in London.
Meanwhile, another 23 civilians were killed near Damascus during air and artillery attacks against the rebel enclave of Guta Oriental, the Observatory added.
As reported to dpa on-site activists, at least 17 other people died and 50 were wounded in another attack on a market in Mesraba. The Observatory, based in the United Kingdom, estimates that in the last 12 days there are already 120 civilians killed in the region.
Non-governmental organizations such as Siege Watch describe the situation in the fenced areas as “disastrous”. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called it “outrageous”. It is estimated that at least 350,000 civilians are trapped in the region.
Currently, the Syrian authorities control more than 52% of the province of Deir al Zur, after having advanced in recent months against the jihadists, who have lost the main cities in the region: the capital of the same name, Al Bukamal and Al Mayadín.