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US-led coalition: 600 civilians killed by strikes in Iraq, Syria

July 7, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Smoke rising from airstrikes that hit Syria [Anadolu Agency]

At least 600 civilians have been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the US-led coalition fighting Daesh since the campaign began in 2014, according to a report released by the coalition today.

The estimate in the monthly report, which said coalition strikes had unintentionally killed at least 603 civilians between August 2014 and May 2017, was far lower than figures provided by monitoring groups.

The monitoring group Airwars says a total of at least 4,354 civilians have been killed by coalition air strikes.

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The latest coalition report included an incident on 17 April near the Syrian town of Abu Kamal, in which it said 25 civilians were killed and 40 were wounded during a strike against a Daesh headquarters that caused a secondary explosion in the adjacent building.

Since the start of the campaign against Daesh militants, the coalition has carried out nearly 22,000 strikes and has received 727 reports of potential civilian casualties, the report said.