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Airstrikes in Syria Kill 52 Civilians? CentCom Investigating Claim

By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 09:04 AM

Airstrikes in Syria made by the U.S.-led coalition allegedly killed 52 civilians on Saturday in Aleppo province, claimed the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

According to The Associated Press, the U.S. military's Central Command is investigating the allegation and said late on Sunday it has no information to corroborate it at this point.

Maj. Curtis Kellogg, the CentCom spokesman, did not confirm that any airstrikes were made on Saturday, but did confirm that airstrikes were carried out April 30 to the northeast of Aleppo, near Jubb Mahli. In those strikes the coalition destroyed several ISIS fighting positions and hit more than 50 militants.

Kurdish forces previously held the town, and reported that civilians were last seen there weeks ago.

Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Observatory for Human Rights, said the strike on eastern banks of the Euphrates River was the highest civilian loss in a single attack by the coalition.

"We in SOHR condemn in the strongest terms this massacre committed by the U.S led coalition under the pretext of targeting the IS in the village, and we call the coalition countries to refer who committed this massacre to the courts, as we renew our calls to neutralize all civilians areas from military operations by all parties," the observatory said in its Saturday statement.

"We take all allegations seriously and will look into them further," said Kellogg.

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