Damascus, February 26: The recent airstrikes by the United States-led anti-terror coalition on an area in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour have killed 25 civilians, a monitor group reported on Monday. Also Read - New Orleans Shooting: 9-year-old Killed, Two Minors Injured After Man Opens Fire; Probe Underway
The airstrikes targeted the last Islamic State (IS) pocket on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River on Sunday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Also Read - 'These Have a Time And Place': Trump Appears With Face Mask For The First Time in Public
The London-based watchdog group said half of those killed were children. Also Read - After Visa Ban, US Mulls Additional Presidential Action Against China
Meanwhile, Syria’s state news agency SANA said 29 people were killed and many were injured in the US-led airstrikes on the towns of Shufeh and Zahrat Aloni in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour.
Last week, SANA said 15 civilians were killed by US-led airstrikes on Deir al-Zour.
The US-led coalition has been backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their push to dislodge the IS from the eastern bank of the Euphrates, where major oil and gas fields are located.
In the process, dozens of civilians have been killed by the US-led coalition airstrikes in northern and eastern Syria.