USA airstrike kills at least 57 in eastern Syria, monitor says

Katrina Barker
June 28, 2017

Along with the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by Kurdish militias, the coalition is now taking part in an offensive against IS positions in al-Raqqa province, the terror organization's main stronghold in Syria.

At least 57 inmates and guards were killed when a USA -led airstrike targeted a prison under the control of Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a monitor group reported on Tuesday.

The monitor said the period between 23 May and 23 June saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since strikes began on 23 September 2014.

ISIL is believed to have moved most of its leadership to Mayadeen, southeast of Raqqa, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The building was reportedly full of civilians held prisoners by ISIS jihadists.

It said the Mayadeen mission was "meticulously planned and executed to reduce the risk.to non-combatants".

"The strikes hit an IS jail in Mayadeen at dawn on Monday, killing 42 prisoners and 15 jihadists", Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

"The removal of these facilities disrupts ISIS's ability to facilitate and provoke terrorist attacks against the coalition, our partner forces and in our homelands".

The activist-run Deir Ezzor 24 media outlet says at least 60 civilians were killed.

It was not clear how they identified the aircraft responsible.

Among the recently targeted buildings was a prison run by ISIS in the al-Mayadin town in Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor province.

A spokesman for the USA -led coalition said it would quickly look into the matter.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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