Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Airstrike kills 54 in Syria, US-led coalition hints at responsibility

Airstrike kills 54 in Syria, US-led coalition hints at responsibility

The Syrian monitor reported that 54 persons, among them ISIS militants, and 28 civilians have been killed in the air strike. Attacks spiked after the extremists were evacuated from their last bastion outside Damascus in May, many heading to the Badiya desert, the Observatory said. The group said it was unclear who had carried out the strike near the village of al-Soussa, close to the Iraqi border.

Coalition spokesman Col.Sean Ryan told Reuters, "The Coalition or our partner forces may have conducted strikes in the vicinity of al Soussa and Baghour Fukhani yesterday".

USA and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border which had some ISIS remnant forces within.

Syria's SANA state news agency said the coalition was responsible for the strike and said more than 30 people had been killed.

On December 14, 2017, Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stated that the US-led coalition was indeed targeting civilian facilities and providing Daesh terrorists with cover.

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The U.S. military did not respond to calls by The Associated Press for comments on the report.

The US-led coalition is fighting to crush the remnants of Islamic State on both sides of the border between Syria and Iraq. In March, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights assigned blame to the coalition for 2,967 civilian deaths.

The small pocket of jihadi control targeted Thursday lies on the border of not only Syria and Iraq, but of multiple and sometimes overlapping anti-ISIS campaigns.

According to Syrian state media, the number of the dead is expected to rise as scores remain trapped under the rubble and are in critical condition.

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