Strikes by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group killed at least 15 civilians, including three children, in northeastern Syria on Thursday, a monitor said.

The strikes hit four IS-controlled villages in Hasakeh province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, saying the toll could rise.

It said nine IS fighters had also been killed in the strikes on the four villages.

The Britain-based monitor said the latest civilian casualties came after two days of civilian deaths in US-led strikes in Hasakeh.

It reported another eight civilians, including one woman, were killed in US-led strikes on another IS-controlled village in the province on Wednesday.

Strikes elsewhere in the province also killed 26 IS fighters on the same day, it said.

And on Tuesday, 15 civilians were killed in US-led strikes on the town of Al-Shadadi, the group said.

That brought the number of civilians reported killed in US-led strikes in Hasakeh to 38 since Tuesday.

The coalition has reportedly stepped up its raids in Hasakeh since the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces alliance launched a new operation against IS in the southern part of the province on Tuesday.

The alliance has scored successes against IS in other parts of the province in the past, backed by the coalition which began strikes in Syria in September 2014.

It has rarely acknowledged civilian deaths in its campaign against IS.

In January, it admitted two “likely” civilian deaths last year near the IS stronghold of Raqa, bringing to 16 the total number of civilians the coalition has acknowledged killing in both Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

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The Observatory said last month that the coalition campaign had killed some 332 civilians in Syria since it began, among them 90 children.

In total, the campaign has killed more than 4,250 people in Syria, according to the monitor, which relies on a network of sources on the ground.

 

AFP

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FreudNoire
FreudNoire
2016-02-18 13:07

Isn’t that a Mig 29?

agitpapa
agitpapa
2016-02-18 13:00

Sneaky bastards did it with Mig-29s too

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Stern Daler
2016-02-18 13:23

This will happen during Syrian, Russian and US lead attacks as long as the terrorists hide behind and among civilians. If the attacks are stopped for this reason the terrorist can continue to use civilians as human shields. That is the sad truth.

Bahda Abden
Bahda Abden
2016-02-18 13:59

@YevetteN It appears that the US authorities just don’t have the “smart-bomb” accuracy to target ISIS in Syria.

Caribou39
Caribou39
2016-02-18 13:24

SOHR said it so it must be true . By the way – ISIS and other terrorists “never” use civilians as human shields!

iMendi
iMendi
2016-02-18 13:15

That’s untrue. US-led and Turk bombs never, never, kill civilians.
And if they got killed… is Assad or Rurrian blame.

Paulo Pablo
Paulo Pablo
2016-02-18 15:01
Zafer Abokerch
Zafer Abokerch
2016-02-18 15:18

Let me control the media and I will turn any nation into a herd of pigs……Propaganda minister Goebbels 1. Regime = Syrian legitimate Govt 2. Brutal Dictator Assad = Syrian legitimate President Bashar Al Assad 3. Regime forces = Syrian National Army 4. Regime loyalists = Syrian civilians defending their villages 5. Regime supporters = All non jihadist Syrian citizens 6. Moderate opposition = terrorists who kill Syrians for regime change 7. Rebels = Saudi Arabia and Western backed terrorists 8. Activists = One man based in the UK who is an ex convict in Syria 9. Pro Regime militia… Read more »