56 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria, monitor group says

At least 56 civilians were killed Tuesday in new  airstrikes by a US-led coalition near the Islamic State-held northern Syrian city of Minbij, a monitoring group said.

At least 11 children were among the dead, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that dozens were also wounded.

"We believe that the raids which were carried out Tuesday were by US [or] allied planes, but it was by mistake," Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman told dpa.

The Minbij area has seen intense US-led airstrikes in support of Kurdish-led forces who are trying to seize the city from Islamic State so as to block the extremist group's access to the nearby Turkish border.

The Observatory on Monday said that 104 civilians had been killed in airstrikes since the Democratic Forces of Syria (DFS) launched their campaign in the area at the end of May.

Last update: Tue, 19/07/2016 - 13:59

More from World

Naked Trump sculpture fetches nearly 22,000 dollars at auction

A life-size street art sculpture depicting a fully naked Donald Trump has sold at auction for approximately 22,000...

Cameroon rescuers find more bodies after train crash

Two days after the derailment of a passenger train claimed more than 70 lives in Cameroon, rescuers were searching...

Journalists arrested in Burundi not from BBC, broadcaster says

Two journalists who were arrested in Burundi were "not on assignment" for the BBC, the British broadcaster told dpa...

Worker dies at World Cup stadium in Qatar

A worker has died in a "work-related" incident at a stadium in Qatar, local organizers for the 2022 World Cup said...

Islamic State militants launch counter-attack in western Iraq

Islamic State forces launched an attack in western Iraq Sunday, an apparent response to an ongoing government...