UK claims it has killed just one civilian in 1,700 bombing raids on Iraq and Syria

UK claims it has killed just one civilian in 1,700 bombing raids on Iraq and Syria

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(The Independent ) Just one civilian was harmed in RAF airstrikes that killed more than than 4,000 enemy fighters in Iraq and Syria, the British government has claimed.

An estimated 4,013 Isis militants have died in four and a half years of bombing, with 302 surviving with injuries, according to Ministry of Defence (MoD) figures.

But the UK government admitted responsibility for only one civilian death in more than 1,700 raids, a claim observers have dismissed as not credible.

The charity Action on Armed Violence, which obtained the MoD casualty estimates through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, said it was “highly likely that the civilian harm from RAF airstrikes is under-recorded”.

“The RAF’s claim of a ratio of one civilian casualty against 4,315 enemies must be a world record in modern conflict,” said executive director Iain Overton. “Yet few conflict experts believe this to be true. To them, it is clear that far more needs to be done by the UK to improve transparency surrounding civilian casualties from airstrikes.”

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