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US-led coalition strikes kill 50 in Syria's Deir ez-Zor

The attack targeted the Daesh-held Bagoz town in Deir ez-Zor province

12.02.2019
US-led coalition strikes kill 50 in Syria's Deir ez-Zor

Syria

By Selen Temizer, Mohamad Misto  

DEIR EZ-ZOR/ANKARA

At least 50 civilians, mostly children and women, were killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes in Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor province over the past 24 hours, according to local sources on Tuesday.  

The attack targeted the Daesh-held Bagoz town in the province, the sources said on condition of anonymity due to security concerns.

The U.S.-led international coalition has yet to comment on the report.  

Last year, the YPG/PKK terrorist group-- with U.S. assistance -- captured parts of Deir ez-Zor’s eastern, western and northern outskirts west of the Euphrates.  

In September, the terrorist group -- with U.S. air support and French support on the ground -- began operations to purge Daesh from Deir ez-Zor.  

Daesh’s presence in Deir ez-Zor is now limited to the town of Bagoz. Areas west of the Euphrates, meanwhile, remain under the control of Syrian regime forces.  

According to estimates, the YPG/PKK terror group currently occupies roughly one third of Syria’s total territory.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The YPG is its Syrian extension.

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