Syria: Dozens of civilians die in US-led coaliation
July 29, Damascus: Dozens of civilians have been killed and dozens wounded in air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria, amid setbacks to attempts by the US to partner with Russia against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
According to the Britain-based human rights organisation, Thursday's air strikes hit the ISIL-controlled town of Ghandour. The town lies 23km northwest of Manbij, a strategic waypoint between Turkey and the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital for ISIL, also known as ISIS.
The US military acknowledged on Thursday that there may have been civilian deaths, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.
US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the Middle East, said it had "initiated an assessment following internal operational reporting that a strike today near Manbij, Syria may have resulted in civilian casualties".
The strikes came a day after the coalition opened a formal investigation to determine whether its air strikes last week near Manbij claimed civilian lives.
The SOHR and local residents said the air strikes on July 19 had killed dozens of civilians, including children.
Garver said last week that ISIL had been mounting exceptionally fierce resistance in Manbij, which is being besieged by US-backed Syrian forces.
The Oslo Times International News Network