US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in eastern Syria

Damascus, May 26 (IANS) At least 35 people were killed by US-led airstrikes on areas in eastern Syria, a British monitor group said.

The airstrikes on Thursday targeted areas under the control of the Islamic State (IS) group in the city of Mayadeen in the countryside of Deir al-Zour province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A day earlier, the SOHR said that 16 civilians were killed by US-led strikes on the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS, just hours after 15 civilians got killed as a result of explosions of mines in Raqqs countryside.

Raqqa and Deir al-Zour have been the target of the US-led coalition, which is backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their push against IS in Raqqa countryside and areas near Deir al-Zour.

As a result, civilian casualties have become falling on a higher rate recently with reports of civilian deaths due to the intensification of US-led strikes.



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