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In this file photo, released by the US Air Force, a US F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria.
In this file photo, released by the US Air Force, a US F-15E Strike Eagle flies over northern Iraq, after conducting airstrikes in Syria.

At least 52 civilians, including seven children, have been killed and dozens of others injured in an airstrike by the so-called international US-led coalition in northern Syria, a report says. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Friday that the attack was carried out in the province of Aleppo targeting a village on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River. 

Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based group, noted that there were entire families among the dead and wounded. 

"Air strikes by the coalition early on Friday on the village of Birmahle in Aleppo province killed 52 civilians,"  Abdulrahman said.

"Seven children were killed, and 13 people are still trapped in the rubble," he added.

Last month, the observatory reported that the US-led strikes have so far claimed the lives of at least 66 civilians in Syria since they started last September.  

Since September 2014, the US along with its regional allies has been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. This is while many of the countries joining the so-called anti-terror coalition, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been the staunch supporters of the Takfiri elements fighting the Syrian government.   

The airstrikes by the US and its allies are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against the ISIL positions in Iraq, which started in August 2014.  

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said during an interview in March that the US-led military campaign does not aim to “do away” with the terror group.  

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad © AFP

 

“It is possible that some of these countries don't want ISIS (ISIL) expansion in Syria and Iraq, but they apparently don't want to do away with the ISIS. They want to use this terrorist structure for threatening and blackmailing other countries,” Interfax news agency on March 26 quoted him as saying. 

Noting that a “serious anti-terrorist operation” has not started yet, Assad said, “In terms of politics, an anti-terrorist coalition cannot consist of the state countries that support terrorism.” 

The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have committed terrible atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals. 

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