US-Led Airstrikes Kill 21 Civilians in Syria

US-Led Airstrikes Kill 21 Civilians in SyriaUS-Led Airstrikes Kill 21 Civilians in Syria

At least 21 civilians have been killed in airstrikes by US-led coalition planes against areas in Syria held by the self-styled Islamic State militant group, a monitoring group said.

In Monday’s airstrikes on the northern Syrian town of Manbij, 15 civilians were killed in the Hazawneh neighborhood of the city, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Six civilians, including two brothers as well as a father and two of his children, were also killed in a strike on the nearby village of Tokhar, the group said.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition, AP reported.

The new death toll puts the total number of civilians killed by coalition strikes on Manbij since May 31 at 104, according to the observatory. The figure includes 29 children and 16 women.

The Syria Democratic Forces, an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters backed by the US, launched an offensive against IS to retake the city of Manbij late last month.

They have besieged the town and are advancing to the city center under the cover of airstrikes by the US-led international coalition.

IS has held the city since 2014, the year that the armed group seized control of large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq and declared its so-called “caliphate”.