No less than 82 persons including 58 civilians have been reported killed in Russian and Syrian regime air strikes on an Islamic State group-held area of eastern part of Syria, a monitor has said on Sunday, June 26, 2016.
“Three Russian and Syrian regime air raids on the region of Al-Quriyah, southeast of Deir Ezzor city, killed 58 civilians,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said, adding that “IS fighters have now set up a security perimeter around the residential area, where the town’s mosque is located.”
Abdel Rahman, who confirmed that Saturday’s raids hit the town of Al Qurayyah in Deir Az Zor province, added that the 24 other people were killed, without specifying whether they were civilians or IS fighters.
The Guardian reported that 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 a string of air raids in support of President Bashar al-Assad since September 2015.