US Makes 'Mistake' Again, Kills 56 Civilians in Syria Strike
A monitoring group said the U.S.-led coalition hit people fleeing fighting around Manbij city, bringing the number of civilians killed since June to 164.
An airstrike by the United States-led coalition killed at least 56 civilians Tuesday north of the besieged Islamic State group-held city of Manbij in northern Syria, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report. The group said the strike, which killed at least 11 children, targeted a group of civilians who were fleeing the fighting around the city between the multi-ethnic Syria Democratic Forces, or SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, and fighters with the extremist group.
The SDF had launched an offensive to retake Manbij city late May with backing by the U.S. coalition. So far, the SDF has surrounded and fought their way into parts of the city, but the Islamic State group attacks still occur in some areas of the surrounding countryside. The monitoring group said the U.S. coalition planes may have “mistaken” the civilians for fighters of the Islamic State group.