Tuesday, while the eyes of this nation were focused on the Republican convention, U.S. airstrikes in the northern Syrian ISIL-controlled city of Manbij killed at least 56 civilians, injuring dozens more. The Syrian Observatory said 11 children were among those killed.
This airstrike is one in hundreds of U.S. strikes that have taken the lives of countless Syrian civilians. As bombings by the US-coalition, the Assad government and Russia continue to devastate the already war-torn country, innocent Syrians suffer severely from a lack of clean water, electricity, medical care, and food. In Manbij, 70,000 people are trapped between warring parties, with no access to food or supplies. To help this besieged population, the United States should drop food, not bombs.
We call on President Obama to deliver humanitarian aid and assistance to Syria and to immediately call off the bombing campaign that has already caused the death of at least 167 Syrian civilians.