US-Led Syria Strike Toll Rises to 52: Monitor

US-Led Syria Strike Toll Rises to 52: Monitor

File Photo: A child clears a pavement as people stand in a devastated street on January 1, 2015 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.(Agence France-Presse)

Beirut: The death toll from an air strike by US-led forces on the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on Friday has risen to 52 including seven children, a group monitoring the conflict said today.

US and Arab forces have been carrying out almost daily air raids against hardline Islamist militant groups in Syria such as Islamic State since last September, and US-led forces are also targeting the group in Iraq.

The British-based Observatory for Human Rights said the air raid on Friday had mistakenly struck civilians in a village on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River in Aleppo, killing members of at least six families.

The group said at least 13 people remain missing.

The United States has previously said it takes reports of civilian casualties from the US-led strikes seriously and says it has a process to investigate each allegation.
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