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Russian “air strikes” kill 21 civilians in eastern Syria

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – – – | A building destroyed during a military operation of government forces against the Islamic State group, on November 5 in the city of Deir Ezzor, east of Syria

At least 21 civilians, including nine children, were killed in Russian air strikes that took place overnight in a town in eastern Syria that remains under the control of the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group, the OSDH reported Wednesday.

“The civilians died in those bombings that reached residential buildings in the town of Al Yerzi, in the province of Deir Ezzor”, where the IS already controls only a handful of localities, reported to AFP Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH).

Attacks by Russian aircraft, like those of the international coalition led by Washington, have often caused significant civilian casualties during their operations against the IS, says the NGO, which has a large network of correspondents in the country.

The town of Al Yerzi is located east of the Euphrates River, which cuts the oil province in two.

Deir Ezzor, which was one of the main fiefdoms of the IS in Syria, has been the scene since the summer of two offensives: one carried out by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) -dominated by the Kurds and backed by Washington- and another by the Syrian army with the support of Russia.

According to the OSDH, the EI still controls 8% of the province, compared to almost the whole a few months ago. Three years after having conquered large territories in Syria and Iraq, the EI saw its “qualification” collapse as a result of the multiple offensives against it in both countries.

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