Syrian Observatory: dozens killed in air strike in Islamic State-held town

Syrian Observatory: dozens killed in air strike in Islamic State-held town

Syrian Observatory: dozens killed in air strike in Islamic State-held town

The U.S. -led coalition is supporting an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters in their assault on Islamic State in its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 42 people were killed in the airstrike, which took place on Monday at dawn.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday dozens of people were killed in an air strike believed to have been carried out by the US -led coalition on an Islamic State prison in the eastern Syrian town of al-Mayadeen.

ISIL is believed to have moved most of its leadership to Mayadeen, southeast of Raqqa, according to United States intelligence officials.

The death toll could increase as there are people still missing under the rubble, SOHR said, adding that the prison had about 100 detainees, including civilians and IS militants.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP news agency that the strikes killed 42 prisoners and 15 jihadists in Mayadeen, a large town in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

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It said the Mayadeen mission was "meticulously planned and executed to reduce the non-combatants".

A spokesman for the US-led coalition said they would quickly look into the matter.

It was reported that the town was once the home of a commander of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked group now known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

It was not immediately clear how either the Observatory or Deir Ezzour 24 identified the aircraft responsible for the strike.

The US-led coalition said last week that it had killed IS's top cleric Turki Binali in a May 31 strike on Mayadeen.

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