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US-led air raids leave 15 civilians dead in northern Syria: Monitor


More than a dozen civilians have lost their lives and many more sustained injuries when fighter jets from the US-led military coalition launched airstrikes against purported positions of the Takfiri Daesh militant group in Syria’s strategic northern province of Aleppo.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday that the airborne attacks struck the town of Ghandour, which is more than 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) away from the violence-ridden city of Manbij, leaving at least 15 civilians dead and dozens of others wounded.

The development came after at least 15 people were killed and injured in US-led airstrikes against al-Nawajah village east of Manbij on July 23, a few days after another deadly US-led raid left over 100 civilians dead near Manbij.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in statement on July 20 that French warplanes had struck the village of Tukhan al-Kubra north of Manbij, killing 120 civilians. Scores of other civilians remain unaccounted for following the attack.

A day earlier, a US airstrike killed 20 civilians in Manbij, the statement further noted.

At least 30 civilians lost their lives when the so-called US-led coalition launched an aerial attack purportedly against a position of the Daesh terrorists in Manbij on June 9. Eleven children were reportedly among the victims.

Ten members of a family also lost their lives on May 21, when the coalition bombarded the village of Arshaf, which lies just eight kilometers (five miles) from the embattled town of Mare’.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The coalition has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.

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