US-LED COALITION IS DENYING IT DROPPED BOMBS ON A SYRIAN TOWN HELD BY ISIS

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The US-led coalition has denied its warplanes bombed a Syrian border town in the ISIS held eastern province of Deir al-Zor, a day after a war monitor and activists say air strikes there had killed scores of civilians, including children.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 42 people, including 11 children, were killed on Monday when jets believed to belong to the US-led coalition hit the town of Al Bukamal near the border with Iraq. They struck near a residential area and a mosque, wounding dozens more, the Britain-based monitor said.

 
In an emailed statement to Reuters on Tuesday, US army spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said that coalition warplanes on Sunday and Monday did not hit the town, targeting only oil production facilities run by the militants more than 50 kms outside of it.

 
“We did not conduct strikes during the time period of alleged civilian casualties,” Dillon said, adding that other unnamed countries had waged strikes on Al Bukamal on those days.

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