Syria activists say civilians killed in strike on IS village

Syria-activists

BEIRUT: Syrian activists say an airstrike on a village held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria has killed several civilians.

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It isn’t clear who is behind the airstrike but various activists groups reported different casualty tolls, saying the U.S.-led coalition, which is waging war on IS, was likely behind the attacks.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says the strike hit the village of Akayrshi on Sunday night and that 12 women were killed. The activist-run Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently says the strike hit a convoy of farm workers and that 22 died.

The village is about 16 kilometers, or 10 miles, from Raqqa, IS’s de facto capital.

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces are advancing toward Raqqa after capturing several nearby towns and villages recently.

AP