On May 3rd, the U.S. military denied that 52 civilians were killed in U.S.-led air strikes on May 1st in Aleppo in northern Syria, claiming the people killed were ISIS fighters.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the "air strikes by the coalition early on Friday on the village of Birmahle near Kobabe north of Aleppo killed 52 civilians," which indicated “the village is inhabited by civilians only with no ISIS presence.”
Rami Abdulrahman, the SOHR’s general director, said " it appeared that the air raids struck civilians in a village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Aleppo and not ISIS targets."
"U.S. Central Command can confirm that Coalition forces conducted air strikes in the vicinity of Birmahle, Syria, on April 30th, destroying several ISIL [ISIS] fighting positions and striking more than 50 ISIL [ISIS] fighters," U.S. Central Command spokesman Major Curt Kellogg said in a statement commenting on the incident. "We currently have no indication that any civilians were killed in these strikes," he stated.
Rami Abdulrahman, the SOHR’s general director, said it appeared that the air raids struck civilians in a village on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River in Aleppo instead of ISIS targets.
The four-year-long war in Syria claimed the lives of more than 220,000 people and displaced 7.6 millions. At least four million are refugees in neighbouring countries, mainly Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, according to recent UN estimates.