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US-led anti-IS strikes kill family in Syria: Monitor

AFP , Monday 8 Jun 2015
Fille photo: Smoke rises over Saif Al Dawla district, in Aleppo, Syria (Photo: AP)
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A couple and their five children were killed overnight in Syria's northern Aleppo province in strikes by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, a monitor said on Monday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group, said the deaths raised to 148 the number of civilians killed in US-led strikes in Syria since they began in September.

The Observatory said the family was killed in a coalition strike on the village of Daly Hassan, in the northeast of Aleppo province.

Their deaths "bring the number of Syrian civilians killed in coalition air strikes since September 23 to 148, including 48 children and 32 women," the monitor said.

In May, the Observatory reported at least 64 civilians -- nearly half of them children -- had been killed in US-led air strikes in the village of Birmahle in Aleppo province.

Syria's US-backed opposition National Coalition urged an investigation into the overnight incident, noting that the available information "lends credence to report that it was a US-led coalition air strike."

The Pentagon has generally denied that US-led coalition strikes have killed any civilians, despite persistent reports of scattered civilian deaths.

But on May 22, the head of the US-led air campaign acknowledged that a November 2014 raid in Aleppo had killed two children -- the first such admission from Washington.

An investigation into the incident found the strikes were carried out in accordance with rules on targeting and determined there was no wrongdoing.

More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began with anti-government protests before spiralling into a war after a regime crackdown.

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