“We are surprised by the figures quoted because only during one bombing of Raqqa city more than 700 unarmed residents of the city were killed,” Husein said.
“We are used to deceitful proclamations made by the international coalition, the United States and the United Nations. We know that the coalition fights irresponsibly and insincerely with Daesh, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. Quite the reverse, they act in the interests of the militants and provide them with protection,” the parliamentarian said.
He further said that more than 20,000 unarmed people were killed by the coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq.
Among them there were many women, children and the elderly, who had nothing to do with the terrorist organizations.
Such statements by the coalition distort the real situation and underestimate the scope of crimes carried out against the civilians.
According to UK-based activist organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the 42,234 documented airstrikes in the country have resulted in a minimum estimate of some 7,000 civilians killed by the US-led coalition.
Keeping counts is hard, particularly without knowing how many bombs the Pentagon has actually dropped in the area, as Human Rights Watch has reported a high degree of difficulty in getting accurate reporting concerning the civilian death toll.
But experts observe that the higher figures are thought to more closely resemble the truth, as the Pentagon has a history of downplaying collateral damage.