A F-18 Hornet fighter jet takes off from the deck of the US navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on May 8, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The US and its allies have conducted fresh air raids on Syria’s eastern Dayr al-Zawr Province, killing and injuring a number of civilians.

The US-led coalition “committed a new massacre against civilians” on the outskirts of the city of al-Bukamal, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported on Saturday.

SANA quoted local sources as saying that civilians targeted in the US airstrikes were fleeing the al-Susah town amid “the coalition’s arbitrary bombardments and the crimes of Daesh terrorists” when they were hit.

Scores of families have been fleeing Susah over the past days amid coalition strikes on their homes.

The US and its allies have been bombarding what they call Daesh positions inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The aerial assaults, however, have on many occasions resulted in civilian casualties and failed to fulfill their declared aim of countering terrorism.

 

Russian military shoots down militant drone near Hmeimim

Additionally on Saturday, the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said air defense units had managed to down a militant drone near Russia’s Hmeimim Air Base in Latakia Province.

Russian jets have been conducting air raids against Daesh and other terror outfits inside Syria at the Damascus government’s request since September 2015.

The airstrikes have helped Syrian forces advance against anti-Damascus militants, who have been wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011.

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