56 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria, monitor group says

At least 56 civilians were killed Tuesday in new  airstrikes by a US-led coalition near the Islamic State-held northern Syrian city of Minbij, a monitoring group said.

At least 11 children were among the dead, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that dozens were also wounded.

"We believe that the raids which were carried out Tuesday were by US [or] allied planes, but it was by mistake," Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman told dpa.

The Minbij area has seen intense US-led airstrikes in support of Kurdish-led forces who are trying to seize the city from Islamic State so as to block the extremist group's access to the nearby Turkish border.

The Observatory on Monday said that 104 civilians had been killed in airstrikes since the Democratic Forces of Syria (DFS) launched their campaign in the area at the end of May.

Last update: Tue, 19/07/2016 - 13:59
Author: 

More from World

South Korean opposition parties table impeachment motion against Park

South Korea's three main opposition parties filed an impeachment motion in parliament against embattled President...

Trump breaks with decades-old US policy in call with Taiwan president

US president-elect Donald Trump telephoned with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan on Friday in a move widely...

Death toll reaches 13 in Tennessee wildfires

Thirteen people were confirmed dead and about 70 were still missing on Friday in wildfires that continue to burn in...

Russia: Syria peace talks blocked by those seeking al-Assad's ouster

Syrian peace talks are being blocked by those seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad in violation of a United...

Germany pledges additional 50 million euros in aid as Aleppo crumbles

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledged 50 million euros (53.2 million dollars) in aid to the war-...