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Suspected US-led strike kills 12 women in Raqa: Monitor

AFP , Monday 15 May 2017

A suspected US-led coalition strike in Syria's Raqa province has killed 12 women, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday.

The Britain-based monitor said the strike Sunday afternoon hit vehicles carrying farmworkers home from fields in the east of the province.

The monitor said it believed the strike had been carried out by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

The Observatory relies on a network of sources inside Syria and says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to their types, locations, flight patterns and the munitions used.

IS has lost swathes of the territory it once held in Raqa province, though it still holds Raqa city and some areas to the east.

A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces is battling towards Raqa city, the jihadist group's most important remaining Syrian bastion.

The US military said in May that coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq had "unintentionally" killed 352 civilians since it launched operations against IS in 2014.

Rights groups say the actual figure is much higher.

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