over 40 killed in airstrike on isis run jail eastern syria


Over 40 killed in airstrike on ISIS-run jail eastern Syria


Young men captured by militants of the Islamic State in northern Iraq. File photo

ARA News

The US-led coalition’s air forces carried out a new wave of airstrikes targeting headquarters of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) extremists in eastern Syria.

Among the recently targeted buildings was a prison run by ISIS in the al-Mayadin town in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province.

The building was reportedly full of civilians held prisoners by ISIS jihadists.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 42 people were killed in the airstrike, which took place on Monday at dawn.

“The air raid hit a building in al-Mayadin that was being used as an ISIS prison,” it said. “At least 42 people were killed in the airstrike.”

A spokesman for the US-led coalition said they would quickly look into the matter.

In the meantime, a local media activist told ARA News that ISIS is using civilians as human shields in Deir ez-Zor.

“The group already knows which areas and buildings are being targeted by the US-led coalition and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).”

“So, ISIS is forcing civilians to stay in and around such headquarters to cause as many civilian casualties as possible in the strikes,” he said.

Reporting by: Helin Saeed | Source: ARA News

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