Coalition strike 'kills 16 civilians near Raqqa' in Syria

    Coalition strike 'kills 16 civilians near Raqqa' in Syria

    Nov.9, Raqqa: A US-led coalition air strike killed at least 16 civilians in a village north of so-called Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, activists say.

    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that six women and a child were among those who died in the raids on al-Heisha overnight.

    The IS-held village has been the target of a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters seeking to capture Raqqa.

    The coalition said it was checking on the reports of the incident.

    A spokeswoman for the Kurdish-Arab alliance, the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), dismissed them.

    "There is no such thing, and any such claims are IS news," Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told the AFP news agency.

    On Sunday, the SDF announced that it had begun a campaign to isolate and ultimately take control of Raqqa, which IS has controlled for almost three years.

    The Oslo Times International News Network