Friday, 22 June, 2018

Air strike kills 42 in Islamic State-held town

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Sammy Stanley | 28 June, 2017, 03:12

Nearly 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say, the BBC reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday a coalition airstrike on the IS prison in the eastern Syrian town of al-Mayadeen killed 57 people.

The prison was believed to have held a mixture of civilians and captured rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army, reported the Deirezzor24 news website.

"The group already knows which areas and buildings are being targeted by the US-led coalition and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)".

A spokesman for the US-led coalition said they would quickly look into the matter.

"This allegation will be provided to our civilian casualty team for assessment", he said.

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It was not immediately clear how either the Observatory or Deir Ezzour 24 identified the aircraft responsible for the strike.

In a news bulletin flashed on screen, it said the building had been used as a prison for a "large number of civilians".

Syrian regime-run TV station al-Ikhbariya cited its correspondent in Deir Ezzor as saying coalition warplanes had destroyed a building in Al Mayadin used as a prison by Daesh.

USA intelligence officers had previously told Reuters, on condition of anonymity, that IS had moved most of its leaders to al-Mayadeen as Raqqa came under increasing attack.

Along with the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by Kurdish militias, the coalition is now taking part in an offensive against IS positions in al-Raqqa province, the terror organization's main stronghold in Syria.

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