US airstrikes kill 23 civilians in Syria's Deir ezzor

 US airstrikes kill 23 civilians in Syria's Deir ezzor
Thu Dec 14, 2017 07:26:23

At least 23 Syrian civilians, including women and children, have been killed in US airstrikes on the country's eastern Deir ezzor province, says a UK-based monitoring group.

(presstv) -- "At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday before dawn by airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition, targeting a village controlled by Isis on the eastern banks of the Euphrates river," said the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It added that all of those killed were members of the same family and had taken shelter at the location when they were killed.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Isis targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. 

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying Isis.

(Photo: Smoke is seen following a US airstrike on western Raqqah, Syria, on July 17, 2017. by AFP)

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