US-led anti-IS strikes kill fam­ily in Syria, in­clud­ing 5 chil­dren: mon­i­tor

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A cou­ple and their five chil­dren were killed overnight in Syria’s north­ern Aleppo prov­ince in strikes by the U.S.-led coali­tion fight­ing the Is­lamic State group, a mon­i­tor said on Mon­day.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, a UK-based group, said the deaths raised to 148 the num­ber of civil­ians killed in U.S.led strikes in Syria since they be­gan in Septem­ber.

The Ob­ser­va­tory said the fam­ily was killed in a coali­tion strike on the vil­lage of Daly Has­san, in the north­east of Aleppo prov­ince.

Their deaths “bring the num­ber of Syr­ian civil­ians killed in coali­tion airstrikes since Septem­ber 23 to 148, in­clud­ing 48 chil­dren and 32 women,” the mon­i­tor said.

In May, the Ob­ser­va­tory re­ported at least 64 civil­ians — nearly half of them chil­dren — had been killed in U. S.- led airstrikes in the vil­lage of Birmahle in Aleppo prov­ince.

Syria’s U. S.- backed op­po­si­tion Na­tional Coali­tion urged an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the overnight in­ci­dent, not­ing that the avail­able in­for­ma­tion “lends cre­dence to re­port that it was a U.S.-led coali­tion airstrike.”

The Pen­tagon has gen­er­ally de­nied that U.S.-led coali­tion strikes have killed any civil­ians, de­spite per­sis­tent re­ports of scat­tered civil­ian deaths.

But on May 22, the head of the U.S.-led air cam­paign ac­knowl­edged that a Novem­ber 2014 raid in Aleppo had killed two chil­dren — the first such ad­mis­sion from Wash­ing­ton.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent found the strikes were car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with rules on tar­get­ing and determined there was no wrong­do­ing.

More than 220,000 peo­ple have been killed in Syria since the con­flict be­gan with anti-gov­ern­ment protests be­fore spi­ral­ing into a war af­ter a regime crack­down.

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