23 Civilians, Including Eight Children Were Killed By US-Led Coalition In Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strikes by the US-led coalition fighting ISIS group on Wednesday killed 23 civilians in a village in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province on the eastern banks of the Euphrates river.

A monitor said at least 23 civilians including eight children and six women were killed in airstrikes conducted by US-led forces.

Gathering eye-witness reports from the ground, the observatory said the civilians who were all members of the same extended family, were hiding inside a house.

The monitor said the US-backed forces claimed to capture the last scraps of ISIS-controlled territory in the area and on Tuesday took a village adjacent to the one that was hit.

A US military spokesman claimed that the coalition strikes “only valid military targets”. He said a detailed assessment of the allegation of civilian casualties would be made.

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US army Colonel Ryan Dillon said in an email “We apply rigorous standards to our targeting process and take extraordinary efforts to protect non-combatants,”

Since its formation in 2014, the US-led coalition has disclosed to unintentionally killing 801 civilians in the more than 28,000 air strikes across Syria and Iraq but the Monitoring group Airwars says the number is well below the true civilian toll of the bombing campaign, estimating that almost 6,000 innocent lives have been lost.

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