Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Airstrikes kill 28 in Syria near Iraq border: monitor

Ice factory raid on thursday near Al Soussa close to Iraqi border has killed 28 civilians and 26 IS extremists Ice factory raid on thursday near Al Soussa close to Iraqi border has killed 28 civilians and 26 IS extremists
Kenny Thornton | 16 July, 2018, 10:23

State news agency SANA reported the strike late Thursday, accusing the US-led coalition of carrying it out.

Most of the province of Deir al-Zour has been controlled by Islamic state since 2014, but the extremist group has suffered military setbacks, losing most of the ground it controlled in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a United Nations mandate.

Just across the river, the Syrian government waged its own campaign against the jihadis with the help of Russian Federation and Iran.

Colonel Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, said that it or "partner forces may have conducted strikes in the vicinity".

Iraqi warplanes have recently carried out strikes in eastern Syria, while coalition aircraft have been supporting the PKK terror group's Syrian wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG).

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The coalition was not immediately available for comment. Since Moscow's intervention in Syria in 2015, however, Iraq has also maintained a joint operations room with Iran, Russia and Syria.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the total death toll, including IS fighters, was at least 54.

The U.S. -led coalition is fighting the remnants of Islamic State on both sides of the border between Syria and Iraq.

According to the United Kingdom -based Observatory, the civilians had sought shelter at an ice factory in the ISIS-held area.

The Syrian government has repeatedly accused the U.S. of targeting civilians in Syria, while urging the United Nations to put an end to the coalition's military operations in Syria.

They have since lost most of that territory to various offensives, but still retain pockets of land in Syria including in the country's vast Badiya desert and in Deir Ezzor.

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