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US-led airstrikes kill 25 people in Hajin town

Local | 2018-12-05 16:49:08
US-led airstrikes kill 25 people in Hajin town
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- US-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 25 people in key Daesh pocket in eastern Deir Ezzor province, the militant group’s news agency said Wednesday.

The International coalition warplanes carried out more than 40 raids on the town of Hajin, killing 25 people, including 4 women and and 3 children.

The U.S.-led coalition is supporting a group of Kurdish and Arab militias assaulting the last Islamic State territory in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border.

On Tuesday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces took ground inside Hajin, main Daesh stronghold in eastern Syria, local activists said.

The SDF seized control of al-Hawama neighborhood and the National Hospital in Hajin town, activist Taj al-Allow told Zaman al-Wasl.

SDF fighters have been attempting to take Daesh's last Syrian pocket of territory on the banks of the Euphrates for weeks, in an offensive backed by U.S.-led airstrikes.

But the radical group has showed stubborn and has advanced in the SDF areas, killing and wounding dozens.  

The U.S.-led coalition, now in a push to defeat the final remnants of Daesh in Iraq and Syria, has previously said it investigates reports of civilian casualties and does all it can to avoid them.

U.S.-led warplanes targeted Abu al-Umarayn, an Islamic State leader in Deir Ezzor responsible for killing hostages including an American, Reuters reported on Sunday. 

Abu al-Umarayn was responsible for killing several prisoners including the U.S. citizen Peter Kassig, an aid worker who was captured by the group in Syria and beheaded in 2014, McGurk said.

Late on Sunday Syrian state media reported that the United States had fired missiles at Syrian regime positions in the desert in eastern Syria. The Syrian army last month said it had completed its own operation against an Islamic State pocket in the south.

Zaman Al Wasl
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