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US-led airstrikes kill 8 family members in last Daesh pocket

(Zaman Al Wasl)- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have killed eight civilians from the same family, 3 women and 5 children, in the last Daesh-held pocket in Deir Ezzor province, local activists said Tuesday.
The coalition has continued to target the Baghouz town in the eastern province of  Deir Ezzor, leaving dozen of civilians killed and wounded.

With support from a U.S.-led military coalition, the Syrian Democratic Forces are in the final stages of an assault launched more than four months ago against the militants’ last bastion.

The once-sprawling "caliphate" of Daesh (ISIS) has been reduced to a four-square-kilometer pocket of territory in eastern Syria, a senior Kurdish commander said Monday

"Geographically speaking, there are only four square kilometers left under Daesh control, stretching from Baghouz to the Iraqi border," he told AFP in the Baghouz area.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 1,200 militants and around half as many SDF fighters have been killed since the start of the offensive on September 10.

The Britain-based activist group says more than 400 civilians have also perished, many of them killed by coalition airstrikes.

 Syria's war has killed more than 560,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the bloody repression of anti-government protests.

Zaman Al Wasl
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