As the war rages between ISIS, also known as Islamic State, and the Syrian army in Raqqa, the former has been pounded in various parts of the country after intelligence was passed to President Assad from America, allegedly via Iran.
On Saturday, airstrikes were carried out against ISIS positions, killing at least 25 people, 16 of whom were civilians, while the other nine were reportedly ISIS militants.
The airstrikes took place on a crowded bakery which, although it may have been an ISIS position, also clearly contained civilians buying their weekend bread.
As yet, no condemnation for the loss of innocent civilian life has been forthcoming from the UN, nor has the attack received much coverage in the mainstream media. This is in stark contrast to to the way in which each and every Israeli retaliatory airstrike in Gaza was condemned.
AP reported that eight airstrikes smashed into buildings, set cars alight, and crushed people under rubble in the northeastern city of Raqqa, which has been under ISIS rule for the last few months.
The airstrikes were reported by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as well as by an activist, Abu Ibrahim, who is a member of a media collective named “Raqqa is being silently slaughtered.”
Ibrahim told reporters that the local morgue was packed with burnt bodies, making identification difficult. He said the dead included at least eight members of one family.
Other airstrikes hit a government finance building that the Islamic State used as its headquarters, and another building used as a jail, Ibrahim reported.
Since Raqqa fell to ISIS earlier this year, it has been almost impossible for journalists to report the news from there as the group sometimes abducts journalist and beheads them. Recent examples are James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who were tragically murdered on camera.
Hundreds of pro-Assad soldiers have been slaughtered in Syria by ISIS as it takes over oil fields and military bases with alarming success.
In another incident on Friday, a Syrian military helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on a bus station in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, killing at least 15 people, according to the Observatory and Aleppo-based activist Zein al-Rifai.
According to activists, Assad’s barrel bombs have killed thousands of civilians, a fact that, once again, has not been reported by the media with the same relentless condemnation it reserves for Israel.