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Hundreds of People Killed in France, Syria, and Iraq, Mostly Civilians

July 15, 2016 

 

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights's photo.
Site of a truck attack in Nice, France, July 14, 2016 Air Strike on Aleppo, Syria, July 14, 2016
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights's photo. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights's photo.
Air Strike on Saraqib, Idlib, Syria, July 14, 2016 US-led coalition Air Strike on Manbij, Syria, July 14, 2016

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The following news stories are from the website of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR):

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8 fighters killed in airstrike at Daraa countryside
Daraa Province:
warplanes carried out this morning raids on areas in the city of Bosra Sham and its outskirts east of Daraa province, killing 8 fighters from factions, also places in Nasyb town were bombed by warplanes, while the regime forces shelled at dawn of today areas in the city of Bosra Sham in the eastern countryside of Daraa, no information about casualties.

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Shells target the countryside of al-Suwaidaa
Al-Suwaidaa Province:
Shells launched by the factions and landed on areas in the villages of al-Mjimir and Barad south of al-Suwaidaa near the administrative border with the eastern countryside Daraa, which caused injuries and information about the death of a citizen woman.

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Warplanes raid on the countryside of Idlib
Idlib Province:
Warplanes carried out after midnight yesterday a raid on Terei farms southeast of Khan Shekhoun city in the southern countryside of Idlib, while SOHR received information about the death of a child when warplanes bombed areas in the town of Abu al-Duhur in the eastern countryside of Idlib after midnight yesterday.

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Warplanes raid on the countryside of Latakia
Latakia Province:
Warplanes carried out several airstrikes this morning on areas in Kabani at Jabal al-Akrad in the northern countryside of Latakia, amid shelling by the regime forces on the area, no information about casualties.

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Clashes in Homs
Homs Province:
Clashes are taking place in the vicinity of Shaer field in the eastern countryside of Homs, between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against the Islamic State amid aerial bombardments on the area and on other areas in Hawasis at the eastern countryside while the regime forces targeted after midnight yesterday using heavy machineguns areas in the town of Al-Ghantu in the northern countryside of Homs, no information about casualties so far.

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Clashes in Rif Dimashq
Rif Dimashq Province:
Violent clashes took place after midnight yesterday between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against Islamic factions in the vicinity of Hosh al-Fara in the Eastern Ghouta, coincided with shelling by the regime forces on the clashing areas, the regime forces also opened heavy machineguns fire on areas of Ifrah road in Wadi Barada, while it rose to 22, the number of barrel bombs dropped by helicopters yesterday on areas in the city of Darayya in the Western Ghouta, as well as more than 12 missiles believed to be ground-to-ground launched by the regime forces launched on areas in the city.

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19 casualties, including children and citizen women in the eastern and western neighborhoods of Aleppo and renewed shelling on the city and its countryside
Aleppo Province:
Warplanes bombed after midnight yesterday areas in the town of Kafr Hamra in the northwestern countryside of Aleppo, which killed three people including a child, which rise to 9 -including a media activist and a child- the number of people who were killed during the intense aerial bombardment that targete...d Kafr Hamra since yesterday morning, while it rose to 13, including 7 children and citizen women the number of people who were killed when the warplanes bombed areas in neighborhoods of Tariq al-Bab and al-Salhin in Aleppo yesterday.

Also rose it to 6 the number of people were killed when shells launched by the factions landed on regime forces' controlled areas in Aleppo, where a man and his child were killed after being hit by shells launched factions on areas in the Nile Street in the city of Aleppo, while an old man and a young man were killed when shells landed on places in Shahba neighborhood, also 2 citizen women were died affected by injuries they had when shells landed at areas in the neighborhood Furqan earlier.

Also warplanes carried out after midnight yesterday several raids on places in Handarat camp and Leiramon area and Bani Zaid neighborhood north of Aleppo, accompanied by shelling by the regime forces on areas of Handarat camp and Bani Zeid and al-Mallah north of Aleppo, amid ongoing clashes between the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them against the rebel and Islamic Factions in the factories area in Leiramon at the outskirts of Aleppo.

Also warplanes opened heavy machineguns fire after midnight yesterday on areas of al-Castelo road, while helicopters dropped after midnight yesterday several barrel bombs on areas in Bani Zaid north of Aleppo, also a shell launched by the rebel factions and fell on area in Shahba neighborhood in Aleppo, which led to a fire outbreak in one of the houses, while warplanes bombed after midnight yesterday areas in the towns of Khan Tuman and Zorba and Khalsa in the southern countryside of Aleppo, also warplanes shelled areas after midnight yesterday in al-Bab city northeast of Aleppo city, no information about casualties.

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More civilian casualties in Manbij city and continuous clashes in the area
Violent clash continued until after midnight yesterday between The Syria Democratic Forces against the "Islamic State" in the city of Manbij north of Aleppo province, amid exchanged targeting between both parties, and information about casualties in their ranks, while 2 citizen women were killed after being shot in Hazwanah neighborhood at Manbij city.

But the source of the gunfire is unknown, which rise to 195 civilian citizens -including 57 children under the age of eighteen and 37 citizen women- the number of casualties documented by the Syrian Observatory for human rights, and among them are 73 civilians including 23 children, 15 citizen women and 8 prisoners were killed in strikes by the warplanes of the international coalition, while the rest of them were killed targeting by the "Islamic state", mine explosions, shelling and shooting by Syria Democratic Forces, since the 31 of May 2016 until the dawn of today the 15th of July.

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Casualties and injuries in an airstrikes target the eastern countryside of Idlib
Idlib Province:
Warplanes bombed areas in the town of Saraqeb in the eastern countryside of Idlib, which resulted in the death of a man and injured others, local sources said that the man who was killed his head was separated from his body.

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More than 23 persons were killed and injured in an IED factory in Deir Ezzor
Deir Ezzor Province:
The activists of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights were informed by several reliable sources that at least 3 members from the Islamic State were killed and about 20 others were wounded when an IED factory for the Islamic State exploded in Kanamat area, the sources confirmed to the activists of the Observatory that the explosion happened after targeting the factory and the neighborhood by the regime forces.

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ISIS circulated the prevention of transferring the bodies of its members from the places that they were killed at, and excludes "al-Mohajereen" from its members.

The activists of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights were informed that the "Islamic state" has issued a circular to the leaders of fronts in its controlled areas inside Syria, that dead members should be buried in the areas that they were killed in, and it prevents the transfer of the Syrians members who were kil...led inside the Syrian territory to their hometowns, with the exception of the foreign and non-Syrians fighters, where they are taken to the hospitals and the headquarters of the main leadership.

The sources pointed out that the circular created a resentment among the families of the fighters in the ranks of the "Islamic state", and they considered it as a discrimination between the Syrians and foreign fighters, while the city of Al-Raqqah witnessed earlier altercations and a fight between several citizens from the families of the organizations dead, and other members from the organization, during bringing the dead bodies to their hometowns.

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Aid convoy enter al-Wa'er neighborhood in Homs
Homs Province:
The activists of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights were informed that a convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid entered al-Wa'er neighborhood in Homs, under the supervision of the Red Crescent, and local sources confirmed to the activists of the Observatory that the convoy included 19 trucks carrying thousands flour bags and medical and engineering equipment.
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Intensive air and missile strikes target Kafr Hamra town and cause casualties and injuries
Aleppo Province:
Areas in the town of Kafr Hamra at the northwestern of Aleppo city had a heavy bombardment targeting areas there, where warplanes and helicopters bombed areas in the town with more than 15 airstrike, accompanied with shelling by the regime forces using tens of rocket and artillery shells, which killed two young men at least and injured others including members of the m...edical staff at the town's hospital, which suffered a great material damage.

Information about being out of service, also a man died affected by injuries he had earlier in a shelling that targeted areas in Manbij city, while a member from al-Quds al-Filastini Brigade loyal to the regime was killed in the shelling and clashes against the fighters and Islamic factions at Handarat area, while factions targeted 2 vehicles for the regime forces at Hwaiz area in the southern countryside of Aleppo, and information about casualties in the ranks of the regime forces and militiamen loyal to them.

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More casualties in the ranks of fighters at the northern countryside of Hama by mines explosion
Hama Province:

The activists of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights were informed by reliable sources that it rose to 12, at least the number of members from the organization of Jund al-Aqsa who were killed this morning in the explosion of landmines when they entered into one of the orchards in Morek area at the northern countryside of Hama, also the landmine explosion injured several other fighters.

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More casualties in the shelling on Manbij and clashes in several areas in the city
4 people at least were killed when shells landed on areas in the Manbij city, while the others were killed in a bombardment by the coalitions warplanes over areas in the city, in conjunction with continued clashes between The Syria Democratic Forces against the Islamic State in the northern areas of Hazwanah area and areas in the west of the city, amid exchanged shelling between both parties, and information about more casualties in their ranks.\

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12 casualties at least in bombing by warplanes over areas in the city of Aleppo
Aleppo Province:
The death of nine people -including seven children and citizen women at least- in addition to the death of 3 other citizens when warplane bombed areas in the neighborhoods of Tariq al-Bab and al-Salhin in Aleppo city, the bombing also injured several people and some of them are still in dangerous situations, which may rise the number of casualties, while about 15 persons were injured when warplanes bombed areas in the neighborhoods of Kallaseh, al-Maadi and Marjah in Aleppo.

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The pilot of the warplane which was shot down by ISIS near Deir Ezzor airbase is killed, his body is crucified
Deir Ezzor Province:
The fall of warplane and the death of its pilot was confirmed, ISIS targeted the warplanes over Thardeh Mountains near Deir Ezzor airbase in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor city, and it crashed and the pilot was killed, it is noteworthy that this is the fourth warplane shot down by ISIS in its controlled areas during the last few weeks, also the organization crucified the body of the pilot at al-Kanamat neighborhood in Deir Ezzor.

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Counter-ISIL Strikes in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 15, 2016

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Strikes in Syria

Bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes near Manbij in Syria, striking six separate ISIL tactical units and destroying 18 ISIL fighting positions and damaging an ISIL-used bridge.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, ground-attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraqs government:

-- Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Qaim, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Mosul, a strike struck an oil tanker storage area.

-- Near Qayyarah, a strike denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck an ISIL vehicle bomb production and storage facility.

http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/839425/counter-isil-strikes-target-terrorists-in-syria-iraq

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 14, 2016

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, a strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.

-- Near Shadaddi, a strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed two ISIL oil wellheads.

-- Near Manbij, nine strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed 14 ISIL fighting positions and damaged two separate ISIL fighting positions.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraqs government:

-- Near Habbaniyah, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Haditha, a strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Hit, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL mortar systems and an ISIL mortar cache.

-- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed an ISIL assembly area.

-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.

-- Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL tactical vehicle, and four ISIL mortar systems and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL staging area, and damaged a separate ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.

http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/837450/military-strikes-continue-against-isil-in-syria-iraq

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 13, 2016

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

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Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 strikes in Syria:

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed three ISIL oil wellheads.

-- Near Manbij, eight strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, attack, ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraqs government:

-- Near Baghdadi, five strikes struck an ISIL beddown location, an ISIL staging area, two ISIL weapons caches and an ISIL weapons storage facility.

-- Near Qaim, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL staging area.

-- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Habbaniyah, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Haditha, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL bunker, four ISIL tents and an ISIL petroleum, oil and lubricant site.

-- Near Hit, a strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.

-- Near Kisik, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Mosul, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/835698/counter-isil-strikes-hit-terrorists-in-syria-iraq

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Truck attacker kills 84 celebrating France's Bastille Day

NICE, France | By Sophie Sassard and Michel Bernouin

Reuters, July 14, 2016

NICE, France --

An attacker plowed a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the French Riviera, killing at least 84 people in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act.

The driver, identified by police sources as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian resident in France, also appeared to open fire before officers shot him dead. He was known to the police in connection with common crimes such as theft and violence but was not on the watch list of French intelligence services, the sources said.

The third mass killing in Western Europe in eight months caused more fear across an already anxious continent struggling with security challenges from mass immigration, and open borders.

The truck zigzagged along the seafront Promenade des Anglais in the city of Nice as a fireworks display marking the French national day ended on Thursday night. It careered into families and friends listening to an orchestra or strolling above the beach on the Mediterranean Sea toward the grand, century-old Hotel Negresco.

Bystander Franck Sidoli said he had seen people go down. "Then the truck stopped, we were just five meters away. A woman was there, she lost her son. Her son was on the ground, bleeding," he told Reuters at the scene.

Dawn broke on Friday with pavements smeared with dried blood. Smashed children's strollers, an uneaten baguette and other debris strewn about the promenade. Small areas were screened off and what appeared to be bodies covered in blankets were visible through the gaps.

The truck was still where it had come to rest, its windscreen riddled with bullets.

"I saw this enormous white truck go past at top speed," said Suzy Wargniez, a local woman aged 65 who had watched from a cafe on the promenade. "It was shooting, shooting."

After visiting victims at Nice's Pasteur hospital, Hollande said about 50 people were still in a critical condition. The dead included many children. At least two Americans and one Russian were among those killed.

At the hospital, medical staff were treating large numbers of injuries. Waiting for friends who were being operated on was 20-year-old Fanny.

"The truck pushed me to the side. When I opened my eyes I saw faces I didn't know and started asking for help," she told Reuters. "Some of my friends were not so lucky. They are having operations as we speak."

Early indications were that the attack was the work of a lone assailant. Tunisian security sources told Reuters the suspect had last visited his hometown of Msaken, about 120 km (75 miles) south of Tunis, four years ago. He was married with three children, and was not known by the Tunisian authorities to hold radical or Islamist views.

"France is filled with sadness by this new tragedy," Hollande said in a dawn address. "There's no denying the terrorist nature of this attack."

Only hours before the attack, he had announced plans to lift a state of emergency in place since November, when Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers struck Paris entertainment spot on a Friday evening, killing 130 people.

BODIES EVERY FIVE METERS

In his address he said the state of emergency would now be extended by a further three months. He would call up military and police reservists to relieve forces worn out by enforcing it.

Nice-Matin journalist Damien Allemand had been watching the firework display when the truck tore by. After taking cover in a cafe, he wrote on his paper's website of what he saw: "Bodies every five meters, limbs ... Blood. Groans."

"The beach attendants were first on the scene. They brought water for the injured and towels, which they placed on those for whom there was no more hope."

Major events in France have been guarded by troops and armed police since the Nov. 13 attacks. But those guarding the crowd on Thursday appeared unable to halt the Renault truck as it tore along pavements and a pedestrian zone. According to one city official, it had careered for up to 2 km (1.5 miles).

A local government official said weapons and grenades were later found inside the vehicle. Nice-Matin newspaper said on Twitter that police were searching the attacker's home in the Nice neighborhood of Abattoirs.

After midday reporters were told by police to move away from a white Volvo delivery van near the home because they feared it might be holding explosives. Officers carried out a controlled explosion on the vehicle, blowing the doors open and leaving shattered glass all around, but it was not clear whether they found anything incriminating.

Nice airport was briefly evacuated as a precautionary measure after an unattended bag was found, an airport official said.

ISLAMIC STATE TARGETS FRANCE

After the Paris attacks, Islamic State said France and all nations following its path would remain at the top of its list of targets as long as they continued "their crusader campaign", referring to action against the group in Iraq and Syria.

France is a major part of a U.S.-led mission conducting air strikes and special forces operations against Islamic State, as well as training Iraqi government and Kurdish forces.

"We will further strengthen our actions in Syria and Iraq," Hollande said, calling the tragedy - on the day France marks the 1789 revolutionary storming of the Bastille prison in Paris - an attack on liberty by fanatics who despised human rights.

"We are facing a battle that will be long because facing us is an enemy that wants to continue to strike all people and all countries that have values like ours," he said.

France has also sent troops to west Africa to keep Islamist insurgents at bay.

(Additional reporting by Matthias Blamont, Maya Nikolaeva, Michel Rose, Bate Felix, Brian Love, Bate Felix and John Irish in Paris, Alastair Macdonald in Brussels, Omar Fahmy in Cairo, Tarek Amara in Tunis and Andreas Rinke in Ulaanbaatar; Writing by Alastair Macdonald, Andrew Callus and David Stamp; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall, Pravin Char and Peter Graff).

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