IS-held oil fields in Syria targeted by international coalition’s strikes

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ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Monday, the warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition bombed the grain silos and a number of other sites controlled by the Islamic State (IS) ــan al-Qaeda offshootــ in northern Syria. A number of civilians were reported dead beside several militants of the IS group.

Local sources reported that the coalition’s aircrafts bombed “most probably by mistake” the granaries in the city of Manbij near Aleppo, “as those silos centers were believed to be taken as strongholds by IS extremists”.

“The raids on the granaries in Manbij targeted civilians, there were no fighters at all,” activists told ARA News.

The activists pointed out that the men killed were all workers of the silos, who used to work to provide food for the people of the area.

On the other hand, one of the coalition aircrafts targeted a gas station controlled by IS militants in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, on Sunday, causing dozens of casualties in the ranks of the IS group (also known as ISIS, ISIL).

The gas station of Kuniko, which was bombed by the U.S.-led strikes, is deemed the main supplier of gas to the power plant in the city of Homs, which in turn supplies a number of provinces with electricity.

Meanwhile, the international coalition’s forces targeted Syrian oil-rich locations and other economic facilities controlled by the Islamic State’s extremists in an attempt to deprive the group of the main funding used to cover the costs of militants’ operations.

Several security and economic studies around the world classified the Islamic State group as the richest ‘terrorist organization’ in the world.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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