25 civilians killed in raids on Syria IS bastion Raqa: monitor

Beirut: Air strikes on the Islamic State group’s de facto Syrian capital Raqa killed 25 civilians, six of them children, a monitoring group said today.

“Dozens more were wounded, some of them critically,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding it was not immediately able to determine who carried out the Tuesday raids.

The air strikes came after IS dealt a significant blow to Russian-backed government forces, driving them out of Raqa province after they came within just 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the Euphrates River and the country’s largest dam.

Damascus lost more than 40 troops and militia in the jihadist counter-attack on Sunday and Monday, the Britain-based Observatory said.

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