Air Strike On Is-held Area Kills Dozens In Syria Observatory

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BEIRUT – An air strike, probably carried out by U.S.-led international forces or Iraq, struck an Islamic State-held area of eastern Syria, killing 54 people including 28 civilians as well as members of the jihadist group, a war monitor said on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strike hit the area near the towns of al-Sousa and al-Baghouz Fawkani on Thursday.

Colonel Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said that it or “partner forces may have conducted strikes in the vicinity”. The coalition would assess the report alleging civilian casualties, he added, in an emailed response to a question from Reuters.




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