Observatory: Airstrike on ISIS-Held Area Kills Dozens in Syria

Frederick Owens
July 16, 2018

"We are forwarding the report to our Civilian Casualty Cell for further assessment on this allegation", the spokesperson for the coalition US Col. Sean Ryan told Rudaw English.

Syria's SANA state news agency said the coalition was responsible for the strike and said more than 30 people had been killed. Prior to forming a coalition to defeat ISIS in 2014, the USA supported a 2011 uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and offered assistance to rebels trying to unseat the Syrian leader.

The coalition was not immediately available for comment.

On April 19, the Iraqi Air Force conducted strikes against Islamic State forces near the Syrian-Iraqi border, in coordination with the Syrian government in Damascus.

United States and coalition planes in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor attacked a village along the Iraqi border which had some ISIS remnant forces within.

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The Observatory said the attack had targeted an ice factory east of al-Sousa, close to the border with Iraq, and most of the civilians killed were Iraqis.

Other times, however, the identity of the aggressor was less clear; last month, both the US and Israel were blamed for deadly strikes that killed pro-Syrian government fighters in Deir Ezzor.

According to the United Kingdom -based Observatory, the civilians had sought shelter at an ice factory in the ISIS-held area. Fellow U.K. -based, pro-opposition monitor the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported 2,673 civilian deaths, both in Syria alone.

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

They have since lost most of that territory to various offensives, but still retain pockets of land in Syria including in the country's vast Badiya desert and in Deir Ezzor.

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