Observatory: Airstrike on ISIS-Held Area Kills Dozens in Syria

Observatory: Airstrike on ISIS-Held Area Kills Dozens in Syria

Observatory: Airstrike on ISIS-Held Area Kills Dozens in Syria

Fifty-four people, including at least 28 civilians as well as Islamic State (IS) group militants, died in the strike on a village near the Iraqi border, a monitoring group says. The coalition would assess the report alleging civilian casualties, he added, in an emailed response to a question from Reuters. Attacks spiked after the extremists were evacuated from their last bastion outside Damascus in May, many heading to the Badiya desert, the Observatory said. Prior to forming a coalition to defeat ISIS in 2014, the US supported a 2011 uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and offered assistance to rebels trying to unseat the Syrian leader.

State news agency SANA reported the strike late Thursday, accusing the US-led coalition of carrying it out.

Colonel Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the coalition, said that it or "partner forces may have conducted strikes in the vicinity".

Iraqi warplanes have recently carried out strikes in eastern Syria, while coalition aircraft have been supporting Kurdish-led fighters battling the jihadists.

On December 14, 2017, Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the US-led coalition was indeed targeting civilian facilities and providing Daesh terrorists with cover. In March, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights assigned blame to the coalition for 2,967 civilian deaths.

Smoke rises above rebel-held areas of the province of Daraa during reported airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on July 8, 2018.

Pro-government forces regained Deir Ezzor city, as well as nearby oil and gas fields, from IS last November as part of a campaign that has seen it assert its control over much of the east of the country.

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