Air strike kills 28 civilians in Syria's Deir Ezzor: monitor

BEIRUT: An air strike has killed 28 civilians in one of the last holdouts of the Islamic State group in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said on Friday.

The raid late Thursday hit a “gathering of civilians” at an ice factory near the village of Al Soussa near the Iraqi border, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

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IS fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in 2014, declaring a cross-border ‘caliphate’ in areas they controlled.

They have since lost most of that territory to various offensives, but still retain pockets in Syria including in Deir Ezzor.

Al Soussa lies to the east of the Euphrates River, which runs diagonally through Deir Ezzor, splitting the province in half.

Russia-backed regime forces have pushed back the militants on the western side of the Euphrates, while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance have battled them to its east.

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