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    Russia's airstrikes kill 11 people near Iraqi border

    Zaman Al Wasl | 2017-10-12 18:53:29
    Russia's airstrikes kill 11 people near Iraqi border

    (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian regime and Russia on Thursday have stepped up its aerial campaign on ISIS-held areas in Deir Ezzor province along the Iraqi border, killing 11 people, local media group said. 

    The attacks targeted the town of Albu Kamal and neighboring villages, leaving 5 people dead, 12 hours after a family of 6 were killed in the eastern countryside in al-Majouda village, according to Furat Post news site.

    13 more people, mostly family members, were also killed on Wednesday in Russian airstrikes on Albu Kamal at the border with Iraq, according to media activist Suhaib Jaber.

    Also on Wednesday, 35 fleeing people killed in Russian airstrikes on Deir Ezzor topping death toll of strikes on displaced people to 100.

    The strikes hit civilians were trying to cross the Euphrates River aboard rafts from al-Quriya village to al-Tayyaneh village, escaping from areas where Russian-backed regime forces are battling the Islamic State group.

    Last month, the regime army broke a years-long IS siege of government enclaves in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

    The major offensive on ISIS territories in eastern Syria has left more than 3000 people killed including 955 civilians since September, the deadliest month of the conflict this year, according to the Observatory.

    The 955 civilians killed in September included 207 children, said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria for its information.

    Backed by Russian air power, the army has continued its advance towards Mayadin from Deir Ezzor along the Euphrates valley.

    ISIS has lost swathes of territory to the regime and to U.S.-backed Syrian Syrian Democratic Forces that are waging separate campaigns against the extremist group's last major strongholds in Deir Ezzor province.

    Keywords:  Syria ISIS Deir Ezzor
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