AIR STRIKES KILL 40 CIVILIANS IN IS’S DE FACTO CAPITAL IN NORTHERN SYRIA

DAMASCUS — Air strikes against the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Syria killed 40 civilians on Sunday, a monitor group reported.

At least eight children were among those killed by the air strikes against the northern city of al-Raqqa over the past 24 hours, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The UK-based watchdog group said the air raids were not known whether they were Russians or Syrians.

It added that small diners and shops were targeted in the strikes.

The opposition count couldn’t be independently verified.

Al-Raqqa in northern Syria has been self-declared by the IS as the capital of the so-called “caliphate.” U.S.-led air strikes and Russian ones as well as Syrian warplanes usually strike IS positions in that city. PNA/Xinhua / northboundasia.com