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US-led airstrikes kill 43 civilians in Syria; residential building targeted

Damascus: At least 43 civilians were killed in US-led airstrikes that targeted a residential building in Syria's Raqqa city, officials said on Saturday.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The airstrikes on Friday targeted the al-Jamili building in Raqqa and most of those killed were women and children, SANA news agency reported.

Civilian casualties have increased recently as a result of the intensification of US airstrikes on Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State terrorist group, and other militant strongholds in northern and eastern Syria.

On Friday, 20 civilians were killed when a US-led airstrike targeted residential buildings in Raqqa, including a hospital and a hotel.

Last Sunday, 20 civilians were killed in similar airstrikes in Raqqa.

Last Thursday, 35 civilians were killed by airstrikes on the IS-held city of Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The Syrian government has repeatedly denounced the attacks targeting civilians, branding the operation of the US-led anti-terror coalition in Syria as "illegitimate".

Published Date: Jun 03, 2017 17:54 PM | Updated Date: Jun 03, 2017 17:54 PM

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