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13 children, 4 women killed in US-led airstrikes on eastern Deir Ezzor: news agency

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 18 civilians, including 13 children and 4 women, have been killed by US-led coalition airstrikes on Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor, Daesh news agency said Thursday.

Amaq reported that the US-led airstrikes on the villages of Baghouz and al-Sousa near the Iraqi border had left dozens killed and wounded.

At least 35 people, including women and children, killed by US-led airstrikes on Tuesday.

The Syrian state-run news agency SANA said over 60 civilians have been killed or injured by a US-led coalition airstrike on al-Sha’fah. 

Previously, another coalition airstrike on the city of Hajin killed at least 15 civilians. The Syrian Ikhbariya TV channel reported then that the majority among those killed were women and children.

The Kurdish-led forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition said on Sunday that it was resuming its offensive against Daesh in eastern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an Arab-Kurdish alliance, had announced it was suspending its operation in Deir Ezzor on October 31 after Turkey shelled Kurdish militia posts in northern Syria.

The SDF said the resumption followed "intensive contacts" with the international coalition and "strong diplomatic activity" to defuse the crisis.

"The leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces has decided to resume military operations against the Islamic State group [Daesh], and work towards its definitive defeat," the force said in an online statement.

"While it remains determined to chase down terrorism, [the SDF] also confirms its determination to protect the northern border of Syria," it added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group said the operation had not yet restarted, but that SDF reinforcements had been sent to the area.

However it said the international coalition had continued to conduct air raids on the area, killing dozens of militants as well as civilians.

 Since the Syrian revolution erupted in 2011, more than 470,000 people have been killed, and more than 6 million people have been displaced.

(Zaman Al Wasl, Agencies)

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