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US-Led Air Strikes Kill 23 in Syria

Damascus (December 14, 2017): United States-Led airstrikes killed at least 23 civilians on 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 Daesh (Islamic State) 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 Daesh-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.

“Daesh is weak but still a threat — terrorists lurking in Mid-Euphrates River Valley,” spokesman Ryan Dillon wrote on Twitter.

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