Dozens killed in Deir Az Zor raids in Syria

    Dozens killed in Deir Az Zor raids in Syria

    June 26, Damascus: Syrian and Russian air strikes have killed at least 58 people, including five women and eight children, in Syria's eastern Deir Az Zor province, a monitoring group said.

    The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) Rami Abdel Rahman said that the raids on Saturday hit the ISIL-held town of al-Qurayyah, in the suburbs of Deir Az Zor.

    It was not immediately clear whether most of the dead were civilians or fighters of ISIL, the acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, Abdel Rahman said.

    "ISIL fighters have now set up a security perimeter around the residential area, where the town's mosque is located," Abdel Rahman said, referring to the group also known as ISIS.

    Russian fighter jets have been carrying out air raids over Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad since September 2015.

    Elsewere in Syria, activists say, warplanes have dropped incendiary bombs over populated areas in Aleppo city for the first time. It was unclear whether the cluster bombs dropped in the northern city's Dahrat Awad district were from Russian or Syrian government planes.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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