Ac­tivists say 20 dead in east Syria strikes

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BEIRUT -- Syrian ac­tivists say at least 20 civil­ians have been killed in air and mis­sile strikes across east Syria, where U.S. and Rus­sian-backed forces are rac­ing to take ter­ri­tory from the Is­lamic State group's shrink­ing Euphrates river val­ley do­main.

Turkey-based ac­tivist Omar Abou Layla says lo­cal ac­tivists re­ported "fa­nat­i­cal" lev­els of strikes on three IS-held towns and vil­lages on the Euphrates River val­ley on Thurs­day, in­clud­ing an at­tack on the na­tional hos­pi­tal in the IS strong­hold of alMayadeen. Six civil­ians were killed. He put the toll at 20 killed across the prov­ince. He blamed the strikes on the Rus­sian air force, which is sup­port­ing gov­ern­ment forces ad­vanc­ing in the re­gion.

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