Air strike in east Syria kills 35 civilians

An air strike on Thursday evening killed at least 35 civilians, including family members of Daesh fighters, in al-Mayadin, a town held by the militants near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Daesh told Reuters that its forces had conducted strikes near al-Mayadin on May 25 and 26 and were assessing the results.

Two days of aerial bombardment in al-Mayadin have now killed a total of 50 people, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Residents saw reconnaissance aircraft and warplanes circling the city at 7:25 p.m. (1625 GMT) before they fired missiles which struck two buildings, one of which was a four-storey block housing Syrian and Moroccan families of Daesh fighters.

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