US-led coalition strikes kill civilians, IS militants in Syria: Monitor

Damascus: The forces of the US-led coalition bombarded the Islamic State (IS)-held farms in Syria’s eastern Euphrates region, killing 42 people, including 13 civilians, a war monitor reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday the overnight shelling from the US-run base in al-Omal oil field targeted farms controlled by the IS group in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province.

The death toll could likely rise due to the number of critically wounded people, reported Xinhua news agency.

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The shelling comes as the IS group has lost all villages and towns in the eastern Euphrates region and is now controlling a few farms in that area.

The Observatory said that around 1,250 IS militants have been killed since the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) launched a wide-scale offensive to defeat IS in the eastern Euphrates region last September.


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