7 children among 16 killed in strike on IS Syria holdout: monitor
Beirut, Feb 11, 2019 (AFP) - US-led coalition air strikes on the last
jihadist pocket in Syria on Monday killed 16 civilians, including at least
seven children, a war monitor said.
Eight women and one elderly man were also among the civilians killed while
trying to flee towards the Iraqi border, said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of
the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The coalition was not immediately available for comment, but has repeatedly
said it does its utmost to avoid targeting civilians.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Saturday announced the
final push to expel hundreds of diehard jihadists from their last patch of
territory in eastern Syria on the Iraq border.
The SDF estimates that up to 600 IS fighters could still remain inside,
most of them foreigners.
Nineteen IS fighters were killed in clashes with the SDF on Monday, the
The Kurdish-led force lost nine fighters during battles with jihadists, the
The SDF does not usually divulge casualty figures until weeks or months