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Dozens killed in air strikes on Syrian city of Raqqa

Air strikes on the northern city of Raqqa have killed dozens of civilians, according to Syrian state media and opposition activists.

US-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture the city from the Islamic State group since June 6, and have been marching under the cover of air strikes by the US-led coalition.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces now hold more than half of Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that air strikes on Raqqa the day before killed 42 civilians including 19 children and 12 women.

The activist-run group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently said 32 people were killed in air strikes on one neighbourhood alone.

Syrian state media said the air strikes killed dozens.

They all blamed the US-led coalition.



From Belfast Telegraph