The death toll from air raids between November 25th – 28th this year on Rural Al-Bukamal city in Eastern Rural Deir ez-Zor has reached over 80 civilians .
In Al-Shafah town, near Al-Bukamal city, victims included large numbers of women, children, and entire families such as the families of: Adil Al-Shabaan, Mawlud Al-Shabaan and Khalid Al-Dhahir. In this town alone, over 50 civilians, including 20 children, were killed when Russian warplanes targeted the Al-Fendi residential compound which houses the displaced in the area.
Air raids on Al-Siyal village caused the death of 11 civilians, including women and children. Amongst them the following were identified: Hassan Al-Wahsh Al-Hamd Al-Jarw, the daughter of Al-Haaj Dheeb Al-Wahsh and her children, the child of Mohamed Al-Hamd and the daughters of Hamd Al-Hamadah.
Russian warplanes had also targeted Al-Hajeen town and Al- Abbas river crossing, in Eastern Deir ez-Zor city, with multiple raids causing the death of four civilians, whilst another three civilians were killed taking a ferry in the direction of Al-Ghabra village. The three civilians are: Mohamed Jassim Al-Jali, Khalid Al-Waheeb Al-Hamood Al-Najm and Hamd Matar Al-Aswad Al-Najm.
Furthermore, regime warplanes targeted the town of Hasrat in Eastern Rural Deir ez-Zor, causing 18 civilian deaths.
These Syrian regime and Russian warplane raids have caused extensive destruction to Rural Al-Bukamal and nearby towns, making it extremely difficult to recover the bodies and people trapped under the rubble. This also means that the suggested number of victims is likely to rise sharply.
The raids have killed entire families including old, young, male and female members, particularly in the towns of Al-Shafah and Al-Siyal.
The Russian and Syrian regime forces must bear the consequences of their actions which amount to crimes against humanity and genocide. The international community, represented by the United Nations and its agencies of human rights and international justice bodies, is called upon to bring those implicated to international justice.