Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Air strike on IS-held area kills dozens in Syria: Observatory

Air strike on IS-held area kills dozens in Syria: Observatory

The bombing took place late Thursday in the eastern province of Deir al Zour, hitting near the villages of al Soussa and al Baghouz, according to Syrian state news agency SANA and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The Observatory later said that at least 54 people were killed or injured, and the strikes may have come from Iraqi or coalition forces.

Colonel Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, said that it or "partner forces may have conducted strikes in the vicinity".

Smoke rises above rebel-held areas of the province of Daraa during reported airstrikes by Syrian regime forces on July 8, 2018.

The Iraqi government coordinated closely with the USA -led coalition in the battle to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Baghdad has sought to extend this fight into Syria to protect the massive border shared by the two countries.

"We have no further information at this time", he added.

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The US-led coalition is fighting the remnants of Islamic State on both sides of the border between Syria and Iraq.

Citing local sources, the state news agency SANA said preliminary reports put the death toll at more than 30.

The Observatory said the attack had targeted an ice factory east of Soussa a few kilometers from the border with Iraq.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports.

Daesh terrorists swept across Syria and Iraq in 2014, declaring autonomy in areas they controlled.

Pro-government forces regained Deir Ezzor city, as well as nearby oil and gas fields, from IS last November as part of a campaign that has seen it assert its control over much of the east of the country.

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