Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians in Syria

BEIRUT: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said.

“At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday before dawn by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, targeting a village controlled by IS on the eastern banks of the Euphrates river,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory, which gathers eye-witness reports from the ground, said the civilians were hiding inside a house and were all members of the same extended family.

US-backed forces are currently battling to capture the last scraps of IS-controlled territory in the area and on Tuesday took a village adjacent to the one that was hit, the monitor said.

There was no immediate comment from the US-led coalition on the alleged incident.

Earlier Wednesday a spokesman for the coalition said fighters with its support cleared six kilometers (four miles) of territory along the eastern bank of Euphrates river over the past day.

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