At Least 16 Civilians Dead as US Coalition Pounds Village in Southeastern Syria

Middle East

According to the Syrian state broadcaster Ikhbariya, citing local sources, the US-led coalition struck the town of Baghuz in Deir ez-Zor province on Monday. The airstrike claimed the lives of 16 civilians, including seven children, Ikhbariya reported.

“Aviation of the international coalition has committed a new crime: 16 civilians, including seven children, were killed as a result of massive airstrikes on the village of Baghuz in the southeastern province of Deir ez-Zor”, Ikhbariya television said.

Earlier in the day, local media reported that at least four civilians were killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition.

Last Saturday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the start of an operation aimed at liberating Baghuz from the Daesh terrorist group. The SDF claims that the village is the last settlement held by Daesh in Syria.

SDF units are engaged in a fight against the terrorists and are backed by the US-led coalition, whose airstrikes in the region have resulted in multiple civilian casualties, according to Syrian media reports.

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The coalition regularly carries out airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor. In January, Ikhbariya reported that at least 20 civilians were killed and several more wounded in a US-led coalition airstrike on a village in the province.

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