Sunday 18 March 2018

Western airstrikes kill dozens of Isil fighters

Air strikes on Raqqa in Syria have reportedly killed at least 32 IS militants
Air strikes on Raqqa in Syria have reportedly killed at least 32 IS militants

Kim Ripoll

At least 32 Isil fighters were killed and 40 more were wounded in Syria's Raqqa province in a series of air strikes believed to have been carried out by a US-led coalition targeting the jihadists, a monitoring group has said.

More than 15 explosions hit Isil positions in the countryside of Raqqa province and near its capital, Raqqa city, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Raqqa is Isil's Syrian stronghold and de facto capital.

The coalition said it hit Raqqa and other areas of northern and eastern Syria.

In central Syria, at least 45 air strikes, probably carried out by Russia, hit the city of Palmyra, which is also under Isil control, the Observatory said.

Injuries were reported, but no details on the casualty toll were available.

The United States and its allies have been bombing Isil in Iraq and Syria in an effort to drive the group from swathes of territory that it controls in both countries.

Britain joined the effort last week after MPs approved the bombing of Isil targets in Syria.

Hours after the vote, British bombers struck oilfields the government says are being used to fund attacks on the West.

They made a second round of strikes on Friday.

Irish Independent

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