Syria air strike kills 35: Monitor

Published: May 26, 2017 11:12:04 | Updated: October 25, 2017 00:37:18

An air strike on Thursday evening killed at least 35 civilians, including family members of Islamic State fighters, in al-Mayadin, a town held by the jihadists near Deir al-Zor in Syria, a war monitor reported

Most air raids against Islamic State strongholds along the Euphrates basin in Syria have been conducted by a US-led coalition and by Syrian and Russian jets. Iraqi warplanes have also carried out at least one air raid in east Syria, reports Reuters.


The deaths bring the total number of people killed in two days of aerial bombardment in al-Mayadin to 50 said the monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


Residents saw reconnaissance aircraft and warplanes circling the city at 7.25pm (16:25 GMT) before they fired missiles which struck two buildings, one of which was a four-storey block housing Syrian and Moroccan families of Islamic State fighters.


The US-led coalition against Islamic State says it is careful to avoid civilian casualties in air strikes and investigates any that are reported to have taken place. Russia and Syria's government both deny targeting civilians.



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