‘At least 43 civilians’ killed in Syria regime raid on ISIS

ISIS controls a number of oil fields in eastern Syria and Washington says they provide the group with significant revenue. (File photo: Reuters)

At least 43 civilians were killed and 150 wounded in a Syrian regime air raid targeting ISIS in the northeast, a monitoring group said on Wednesday, updating an earlier toll.

"The strikes hit a cattle market in the Tal Hamis area, which is controlled by ISIS," said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria.

Previously it had said 27 people were killed in the Tuesday raid.

Tal Hamis lies in Hasakeh province which is mainly controlled by Kurdish militia or regime troops, but where the jihadists hold some areas.

The pro-government newspaper Al-Watan said dozens of ISIS members were killed in the operation south of Tal Hamis.

The militants "have been using the cattle market as a base for trafficking illegally pumped oil," it said.

ISIS controls a number of oil fields in eastern Syria and Washington says they provide the group with significant revenue.

The militants' black market oil infrastructure has been repeatedly targeted by U.S.-led air strikes.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44
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