Suspected US-led coalition air strikes kill 23 in east Syria

By REUTERS
April 19, 2017 17:10
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Air strikes thought to have been directed by planes from a US-led military coalition killed at least 23 people in two parts of the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Monday, a monitor said.

Video released on the internet by Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency on Tuesday purportedly showed wounded and dead children and the aftermath of damage left by one of the air strikes on the town of al-Bukamal, in the south of the province near the Iraqi border.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that jets "believed to belong to the international coalition" killed three militants and 13 civilians including children in al-Bukamal.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition which has said it tries to avoid civilian deaths in its bombing campaigns against Islamic State militants in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

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