US-led coalition airstrike kills 16 civilians in Raqqa suburbs, Syria

Tabqa on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently

At least 16 civilians were killed in a US-led coalition strike in the western countryside of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State extremist group in northern Syria, a monitoring group said.

The strike took place on Tuesday night on the village of al-Barouda, located 15 kilometres west of al-Raqqa, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Among those killed is a woman and her five children, the Observatory said, adding that most of the dead were refugees from al-Sukhana area, which is controlled by the jihadist group and located in the eastern countryside of Homs.

The watchdog said the death toll is likely to increase as several people wounded are in serious condition.

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