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Russian air strikes kill 14 civilians in eastern Syria: Monitor

Russia has intensified air raids in support of Syrian forces battling jihadists

AFP | PTI  |  Beirut 

Smoke rises after airstrikes, Aleppo (Reuters)
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Russian air strikes killed 14 civilians as they were crossing the Euphrates river near the jihadist-held town of in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for said today.

"They were crossing the river on makeshift rafts in a village south of Mayadeen," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding that three children were among those killed overnight.

has in recent days intensified its air raids in support of Syrian regime forces battling across the country.

Abdel Rahman said the civilians were fleeing the village of Mahkan, south of Mayadeen, which lies about 420 kilometres east of and is one of the group's main remaining bastions.

has been under IS control since 2014, when the group swept across swathes of and and proclaimed a "caliphate", but regime forces this week advanced to within five kilometres of the town.

First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 16:52 IST