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70 killed or injured in US-led airstrike in Syria: Report

IANS  |  Damascus 

A total of 70 civilians were killed or wounded by a US-led airstrike in eastern Syria, state agency reported on Tuesday.

The airstrike targeted a camp for displaced people in the eastern countryside of on Monday evening, according to the report.

Airstrikes have intensified on Islamic State (IS)-held areas in the river region.

On Saturday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) started the final stage of attacks against the IS in the river region in eastern

Following the evacuation of over 20,000 civilians from the town of Baghouz, the SDF started the operation against the remaining IS-held pockets in the region, according to Mustafa Balli, the

Balli said that the battle aims to eliminate the last IS militants in the town of

The US-backed SDF has been on a crushing offensive to root out the IS from the eastern Euphrates region since last September.

The for Human Rights said over 37,000 civilians, including IS militants, have fled the last IS-held pocket to areas controlled by the SDF in the eastern Euphrates area since last December.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 14:38 IST