Death toll from Russian airstrikes on Daesh-held town rises to 70

Published June 27th, 2016 - 01:30 GMT
US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters chat as they advance into the Islamic State (IS) jihadist's group bastion of Manbij, in northern Syria, on June 23, 2016. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters chat as they advance into the Islamic State (IS) jihadist's group bastion of Manbij, in northern Syria, on June 23, 2016. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)

The number of civilians killed in Russian airstrikes on a Daesh-held town in eastern Syria rose to 70, local sources said late Sunday.

A written statement by the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood said the victims were killed Saturday when Russian warplanes struck a mosque and its surroundings in the town of al-Quriya.

Russian fighter jets pounded the area again with cluster bombs as civilians attempted to rescue the victims, the statement said.

Al-Quriya fell to the Daesh militant group in 2014.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when popular protests were met with heavy force from the Assad government.

More than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced throughout the country, according to the UN.

By Saber Ghanem Ibrahim Eid

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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