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Coalition airstrikes kill 22 civilians in eastern Syria

Syrians are seen with their belongings as they leave their hometown due to the attacks in Deir ez-Zor, Syria on 11 October 2017 [Adnan Hüseyin/Anadolu Agency]
Syrians are seen with their belongings as they leave their hometown due to the attacks in Deir ez-Zor, Syria on 11 October 2017 [Adnan Hüseyin/Anadolu Agency]

At least 22 civilians have been killed in US-led coalition airstrikes in eastern Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor province, according to local sources on Saturday, reports Anadolu Agency.

US strike Syria – Cartoon [Cartoon Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

The sources said a coalition airstrike targeted a mosque in the town of al-Susah in eastern Deir Ez-Zor during the weekly Friday prayer, killing 16 people.

Six more civilians were killed in another strike that hit a local religious institute in Hajin city in the same province, the sources added.

Hajin has been the scene of constant clashes between YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorist groups.

Since Wednesday, 65 civilians have been killed in Deir Ez-Zor province in airstrikes carried out by the US-led international coalition.

On Thursday, 30 civilians, including two children, were killed in a coalition airstrike on Ammar ben Yasir mosque in Al-Susah. Thirteen more people were killed in the same town on Wednesday.

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Daesh currently holds control of Hajin city, the towns of Al-Susah, Al-Shaafah as well as the villages of Al-Muhasan and Bu-Khater.

YPG/PKK maintains a presence in the eastern part of the Euphrates River which runs through Deir Ez-Zor province.

With US and French support, the YPG/PKK terrorist group recently launched an offensive against Deir ez-Zor’s city of Hajin with a view to retaking it from Daesh.

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The number of Daesh terrorists now in Hajin is estimated at some 1,000 out of an estimated 2,500 throughout the entire Deir ez-Zor province.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

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