Coali­tion bomb­ing kills at least 56 civil­ians

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At least 56 civil­ians were killed on Tues­day in air strikes north of the be­sieged Is­lamic State-held city of Man­bij in north­ern Syria, and res­i­dents said they be­lieved the at­tack was car­ried out by U.S.-led war­planes, a mon­i­tor­ing group said.

The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said the dead in­cluded 11 chil­dren, and that dozens more peo­ple were wounded.

The U.S.-backed Syria Demo­cratic Forces (SDF), an al­liance of Kur­dish and Arab fight­ers, launched an of­fen­sive at the end of May to seize the last ter­ri­tory held by Is­lamic State (IS) in­sur­gents on Syria's fron­tier with Turkey.

Sup­ported by U.S. coali­tion air strikes, the SDF has sur­rounded and fought their way into parts of the city, but Is­lamic State at­tacks still oc­cur in some ar­eas of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

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