Syrian Observatory: air strike kills 42 in Islamic State-held town

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

US-led coalition air strikes on a jail run by the Islamic State terror group in eastern Syria killed at least 57 people, including 42 prisoners, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The Observatory said the air strike took place on Monday at dawn, hitting a building in the town of al-Mayadeen that was being used as an Islamic State prison. It said at least 42 people were killed, identifying them as prisoners of Islamic State.

Earlier this month, a top United Nations human rights official said the US -led coalition had caused a "staggering loss of civilian life" with airstrikes around the Islamic extremists' remaining stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa. The Russian and Syrian air forces also carry out frequent attacks on Isis positions across the country.

"The coalition conducted strikes on known ISIS command and control facilities and other ISIS infrastructure in (Al Mayadin), Syria, June 25 and 26", Colonel Joe Scrocca, coalition director of public affairs, said.

The two groups said the US-led coalition was behind the strike.

The Britain-based Observatory said that according to its sources IS had paraded the bodies of the dead in the streets of the town.

"If we are responsible for any civilian casualties we come forth and admit it", he said.

Last month's civilian death count of 427 from US-led coalition air strikes is more than double the previous 30-day toll from April.

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