Airstrike on area held by IS in eastern Syria kills 28

Airstrike on area held by IS in eastern Syria kills 28

Airstrike on area held by IS in eastern Syria kills 28

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

It was not immediately clear if the strike was carried out by an Iraqi plane or by one of the US-led coalition fighting Daesh, the monitor said.

He said the air strike had most likely been carried out either by the US-led coalition against ISIS or Iraqi forces that are working with it.

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

IS militants in the area have come under attack from Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power from the west and US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by United States coalition air power from the east.

"We have no further information at this time", he added. It said the attacks targeted the villages of Baghouz and Sousa on the east bank of the Euphrates near the town of Boukamal.

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US -backed Kurdish-led fighters in Syria have been on the offensive against IS in a region that borders Iraq for months.

The Syrian Democratic Forces and the Iraqi military did not not immediately comment.

State news agency SANA blamed warplanes of the US -led coalition for the Thursday night attack that it said killed 30 and wounded dozens.

SANA has put the death toll at more than 30, claiming the dead are mostly women and children. Reuters could not independently verify those reports.

IS fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in 2014, declaring a cross-border "caliphate" in areas they controlled.

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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