Russia Accuses U.S.-Led Coalition of Bombing Raqqa ‘Off the Face of the Earth’

 A "No Entry" road sign is pictured amidst the rubble along a road in downtown Raqqa, Syria October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A “No Entry” road sign is pictured amidst the rubble along a road in downtown Raqqa, Syria October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Russia has accused the US-led coalition of bombing the Syrian city of Raqqa “off the face of the earth” during the fight against so-called Islamic State.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took Raqqa last week and on Sunday said they had taken Syria’s largest oilfield.

Pictures suggest much of Raqqa is in ruins, and Moscow compared it to the Allied destruction of the German city of Dresden in World War Two.

The US-led coalition says it tried to minimise risks to civilians.

Russia has itself been accused of committing war crimes for its bombardment of Aleppo last year.

UN war crimes investigators said last week that there had been a “staggering loss of civilian life” in Raqqa.

Syrian activists say between 1,130 and 1,873 civilians were killed and that many of the civilian casualties were the result of the intense US-led air strikes that helped the SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, advance.

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SOURCE: BBC News