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US-led airstrike in northern Syria kills 30 civilians: Monitoring group

10 June 2016 8:46

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At least 30 civilians have lost their lives when the so-called US-led coalition launched an aerial attack purportedly against a position of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group says.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrike struck the city of Manbij, located 446 kilometers (277 miles) north of the capital Damascus, on Thursday.

The London-based monitoring group added that eleven children were among the victims.

The development came more than a week after at least 15 civilians, including three children, lost their lives in US airstrikes against suspected Daesh positions in the same Syrian city.

Ten members of a family also lost their lives on May 21, when the coalition bombarded the village of Arshaf, which lies just eight kilometers (five miles) from the embattled town of Marea, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria said.

On May 16, three children and a woman were killed in eastern Syria in airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition.

Media and local sources said the airstrikes hit al-Bukamal city in the province of Dayr al-Zawr near the border with Iraq, killing four people and inflicting heavy losses on properties.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.

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