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U.S. airstrikes kill 14 people from same family in Deir Ezzor

(Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 14 civilians from the same family have been killed Wednesday in U.S.-led airstrikes on eastern Deir Ezzor province topping the death toll to a total of 400 people in two months of daily bombing, local activists said.

The US strikes in support of Kurdish militias fighting ISIS in northeastern Syria have hit the village of Khasham.
Local activists told Zaman al-Wasl that the collation fighter jets had used internationally-prohibited weapons.

Two more people were and 8 wounded in ISIS mortar fire on regime-held areas in the neighborhood of al-Qusour in Deir Ezzor city.

In Raqqa city, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces closed in on Wednesday, taking territory on the south bank of the Euphrates River with the aim of encircling the city, a militia spokesman told Reuters.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which include Arab and Kurdish fighters and are supported with air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition, began an offensive two weeks ago to seize the northern city from Islamic State, which overran it in 2014.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said on Wednesday SDF forces had moved along the southern river bank to reach the eastern edge of Kasrat al-Farj, in the area between the new and old bridges into Raqqa.

Islamic State is also facing defeat in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul and is being forced into retreat across much of Syria, where Deir Ezzor is its last major foothold.

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