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Death toll surges in Russian, regime strikes on Syria

At least 82 people including 58 civilians were killed in Russian and regime air strikes on an ISIS-held area of eastern Syria

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At least 82 people including 58 civilians were killed in Russian and regime air strikes on an ISIS-held area of eastern Syria, a monitor said Sunday in a new toll.

“Three Russian and Syrian regime air raids on the region of Al-Quriyah, southeast of Deir Ezzor city, killed 58 civilians,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It added that 24 other people were killed, without specifying whether they were civilians or ISIS fighters.

The Britain-based Observatory, which has a network of sources in Syria, initially reported that 47 people including 31 civilians died in the raids around Al-Quriyah.

Russian warplanes have been carrying out an air war in support of President Bashar al-Assad since September 2015.

ISIS holds around 60 percent of Deir Ezzor city, the capital of the province of the same name, which is next to the militant-held Raqqa province.

More than 280,000 people have been killed since Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011, after a widespread protest movement evolved into a complex, multi-front war that has drawn in global powers.

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