US Coalition Airstrikes Kill 56 Civilians in Syria: Report
Among the casualties were 11 children, according to the report.
By MARGARET CHADBOURN and JUSTIN FISHEL
July 19, 2016, 9:13 PM
• 3 min read
-- Airstrikes in northern Syria allegedly led by a U.S.-backed coalition killed at least 56 civilians and injured dozens of others, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Among the casualties were 11 children, according to the human rights group.
U.S. coalition airstrikes have been supporting the Syria Democratic Forces, which weeks ago began an offensive to take over the Manbij territory on Syria's border with Turkey. The territory is currently a stronghold of Islamic State insurgents.
"We are aware of reports alleging civilian casualties near Manbij, Syria, recently. As with any allegation we receive, we will review any information we have about the incident," said Defense Department spokesman Matthew Allen said in a statement.
Brett McGurk, the special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, told reporters that he was unable to confirm reports and cautioned that the "initial allegations arose from ISIL’s official news channel."
He said the military takes extra measures to "make sure that every airstrike is really carefully vetted."