US-LED STRIKE ON DAESH-HELD SYRIA TOWN KILLS 23 CIVILIANS: MONITOR
BEIRUT, May 16 (NNN-AGENCIES) — An air strike by the US-led coalition killed 23 civilians on Monday (May 15) in a Syrian town held by the Daesh group on the border with Iraq, a monitor said.
The deaths came after 12 women were killed in a strike by the US-led coalition fighting Daesh in the east of Syria’s Raqa province on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Observatory said that strike hit vehicles carrying farmworkers home from fields in the afternoon.
The Monday strike hit the town of Albu Kamal in the early hours of the morning, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.
“They hit a residential area at 3am while people were sleeping, causing the high toll,” he said.
He added that Daesh was using some apartments in the area targeted as local headquarters.
Daesh has lost swathes of the territory it once held in Raqa province, though it still holds Raqa city and some areas to the east.
A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces is battling towards Raqa city, the jihadist group’s most important remaining Syrian bastion.
The US military said in May that coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq had “unintentionally” killed 352 civilians since it launched operations against IS in 2014.
Rights groups say the actual figure is much higher. — NNN-AGENCIES
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/us-led-strike-on-daesh-held-syria-town-kills-23-civilians-monitor/