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U.S., regime air strikes kill 20 people in Aleppo: reporter

Local | 2016-06-12 01:54:26
U.S., regime air strikes kill 20 people in Aleppo: reporter
(Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 20 people have been killed on Saturday in air strikes carried out by the Syrian regime and the U.S.-led coalition on northern Aleppo province, local reporter said.

A U.S. strike killed a family of 10  members in Khattaf village near the encircled town of Manbij in the eastern countryside of Aleppo. 10 more people were killed in regime air strikes on Oroum al-Kubra and Kafr Laha towns, according to Zaman al-Wasl reporter.

Activists said regime helicopters have used water hoses filled with explosives  and crude oil in Saturday's bombing.

ISIS fighters launch attack on SDF bastions south of Hasaka

Meanwhile, U.S.-backed Syrian forces made new territorial gains against Islamic State on Saturday, moving closer to another of its major strongholds in northern Syria, according to the monitoring group.

The Observatory said the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), bringing together Kurdish and Arab fighters, were now almost 17 km (10 miles) from the city of al-Bab, an Islamic State stronghold north east of Aleppo.

The SDF on Friday cut off the last route into the encircled town of Manbij from al-Bab after over a week of advances around that area, allowing it to lay siege to the large town from all directions, the monitor said..

In other frontlines in northern Syria, two rebel sources said Russian and Syrian jets stepped up their relentless aerial bombing of their positions in the northern city of Aleppo.

They said fighters had overnight repelled a major Syrian army attack on the Malah front in an drive to reach the strategic Catello highway, which is the only route in and out of rebel-held areas.

-Shrine blasts-

In Damascus, Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide and car bomb blasts that struck a southern suburb on Saturday near Sayeda Zeinab shrine, and a monitoring group said at least 20 people were killed.

State television showed debris, mangled cars and wrecked shops in a main commercial thoroughfare near the Sayeda Zeinab shrine, in an area where at least three bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State have killed and wounded scores of people this year.

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Washington condemned the attack in the strongest terms. "This terrorist act demonstrates once again the inhumanity and brutality of all that Daesh does and all it stands for," he said.

The Sayeda Zeinab shrine is a magnet for thousands of Iraqi and Afghan Shi'ite militia recruits who go there before being assigned to front lines, where they fight against the Sunni rebel groups trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Almost every Shi'ite militia fighter bears insignia on his combat fatigues with the words "For your sake, Sayeda Zeinab". (With Reuters)


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