Russian air strikes kill at least 64 civilians in Daesh-held Syrian town

ANADOLU AGENCY
DEIR EZ-ZOUR, Syria
Published 25.06.2016 17:44
Updated 26.06.2016 11:02
Russian fighter jets and bombers are parked at Hemeimeem air base in Syria, March 4, 2016. (AP)
Russian fighter jets and bombers are parked at Hemeimeem air base in Syria, March 4, 2016. (AP)

At least 64 civilians were killed and dozens injured Saturday in Russian airstrikes on a Daesh-held town in eastern Syria, according to hospital sources.

The warplanes struck residential areas in al-Quriya town, and then struck again with cluster bombs when civilians gathered to rescue the victims, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity for their safety.

Al-Quriya town fell to the Daesh terrorist group in 2014.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity and disproportionate force.

Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed -- and more than 10 million displaced -- throughout the war-battered country, according to the UN.

The Syrian Center for Policy Research, an NGO, however, has put the death toll from the five-year conflict at as high as 470,000.

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