Aerial bombardments in Syria carried out by the international coalition against “Islamic State” (IS) saw the highest civilian death toll for a single month since they began in September 2014, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Friday.
The airstrikes left 472 civilians dead between May 23 and June 23, more than double the number killed in the previous 30-day toll (225 civilians), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The death toll included 137 children.
Key IS areas struck
The Observatory said the IS-held provinces of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa were the worst affected, with 222 civilians – including 84 children – killed in Deir Ezzor, along with 250 civilians – including 53 children – in Raqqa.
The latest toll brought to 1,953 the number of civilian deaths from the US-led airstrikes in Syria, it said. The Observatory bases its reports on information gathered by a network of activists on the ground.
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