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US-led strikes in Syria kill 472 civilians in a month

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 23/06/2017
More than 320,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict began in 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [FILE: Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera More than 320,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict began in 2011, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [FILE: Reuters]

At least 472 civilians, including 137 children, have been killed during the past month of US-led coalition air strikes in Syria, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Friday the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on September 23, 2014.

The UK-based observatory said the deaths were mainly in the provinces of Deir Az Zour and Raqqa - the defacto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

The SOHR's head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the fatalities included 222 civilians in Deir Az Zor, in eastern Syria, and 250 others in the north-eastern province of Raqqa.

"This is the highest civilian death toll in the US alliance airstrikes since they [the coalition] began bombing in the country on September 23, 2014," Abdel-Rahman said.

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The latest toll brought the number of civilian deaths from the US-led airstrikes in Syria to 1,953, he said.

The US-led coalition told AFP news agency in a statement that its forces "work diligently and deliberately to be precise" in their air strikes.

"Our goal is always for zero civilian casualties," the statement said.

In its most recent report on civilian casualties, released on June 2, the coalition said it had "unintentionally killed" 484 civilians in both Iraq and Syria.

More than 320,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011 with anti-government protests, according to the SOHR.

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