Up to 28 Civilians Reportedly Killed in US-Led Strike in Syria

From Common Dreams:

The U.S.-led coalition has been accused of killing as many as 28 civilians, including a woman and seven children, near the northern Syrian city of Manbij on Thursday—the same area where U.S.-led airstrikes last week may have killed scores of civilians.

“The Manbij area,” as the Associated Press describes, “has seen extensive battles between IS [Islamic State or ISIS] extremists and U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters.” It is also where UNICEF estimated last week that there are 35,000 children trapped “with nowhere safe to go.”

According to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the latest casualties came after international coalition “warplanes targeted areas in the town of al-Ghandour, which is more than 23 kilometers [14 miles] away from Manbij city, and the death toll is expected to rise because there are some people in critical situation.”

U.S. Central Command issued a press release Thursday in response to the allegation. It confirmed coalition “airstrikes in the area in the last 24 hours,” adding, “As with every report of civilian casualties, we will review any information we have about the incident.”

The U.S. military said Wednesday it was opening a formal investigation into whether civilians were killed in last week’s airstrike that may have killed over 70 people, including women and children.

And on Friday, a maternity hospital in the northwestern part of the country was hit by an airstrike. It is not clear at this point who carried out the attack or if the hospital was directly targeted.

According to the U.K.-based charity Save the Children, which supports the Idlib province hospital, airstrikes hit the entrance to the building. At least two people have been killed, the charity told the Independent.

The news of the fresh strikes comes after Russian and Syrian officials <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/russia-announces-humanitarian-operation-aleppo-40952797" …

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