‘Precision’ airstrikes kill civilians. In Raqqa we saw the devastation for ourselves | Donatella Rovera and Benjamin Walsby

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Amnesty’s research reveals the huge civilian toll of bombings by the US-led coalition forces in the Syrian city

During the offensive to reclaim the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State rule, US, British and French coalition forces launched thousands of airstrikes and tens of thousands of artillery shells, hitting virtually every street.

We’ll perhaps never know how many civilians they killed. Coalition commanders insist on the precision of their airstrikes, but precision airstrikes are only as precise as the information about the targets. Then there’s the size of the bombs dropped. Time and again, we saw entire buildings destroyed in Raqqa. When bombs big enough to take out whole buildings are being used, as well as artillery with wide-area effects, any claims about minimising civilian casualties are unsupportable.

Related: Raqqa: a journey into the destroyed heart of the Islamic State capital

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