Airstrikes kill at least 12 civilians in east Syria, Russia accused of carrying out strikes



Associated Press

Syrian activists say airstrikes have killed at least 12 civilians in an eastern Syrian village held by the Islamic State group.

This verified image made from amateur video shows an explosion in the village of Kfar Derian, Syria.

Source: Associated Press

Deir Ezzor 24 says Wednesday's attack targeted the village of al-Jarthi.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 21 civilians were killed, among them 9 children.

It says Russia carried out the strikes, in support of US-backed, Kurdish-led forces driving to capture IS territory on the Euphrates River.

The extremist group still controls patches of territory in eastern Syria, where it imposes a media blackout.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday thanked both the US and Russia for their military support, days after the US announced it would stop arming the group.

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