57 dead in US-led strikes on IS Syria prison: Monitor

Randolph Lopez
June 28, 2017

At least 57 people were killed in airstrikes allegedly carried out by the US-led coalition against a prison run by the Islamic State terror organization in the Syrian city of al-Mayadin, a British-based war monitor said.

A coalition spokesman said it was looking into the casualty reports.

ISIL is believed to have moved most of its leadership to Mayadeen, southeast of Raqqa, according to United States intelligence officials.

The jail included civilian prisoners as well as jailed members of the group. "This mission was meticulously planned and executed to reduce the risk of collateral damage and potential harm to non-combatants", he added.

Scrocca said the jail was targeted to disrupt "ISIS's ability to facilitate and provoke terrorist attacks against the coalition, our partner forces and in our homelands".

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It also said the air strike took place on Monday at dawn, hitting a building in the town of al-Mayadeen that was being used to house dissenters against IS rule.

Syrian regime-run TV station al-Ikhbariya cited its correspondent in Deir Ezzor as saying coalition warplanes had destroyed a building in Al Mayadin used as a prison by Daesh.

A spokesman for the USA -led coalition said it would quickly look into the matter.

The coalition said as of the start of June of the 21,035 air strikes in Syria and Iraq since 2014, at least 484 civilians have been killed, although the figure is believed to be higher.

Last month's civilian death count of 427 from US-led coalition air strikes is more than double the previous 30-day toll from April.

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