50 killed in east Syrian airstrikes
March 11, 2019 | 11:28 PM
by Agencies
The US-led airstrikes targeted the IS-held area in the town of Baghouz. – Supplied photo

Damascus: At least 50 people were killed on Monday by U.S.-led airstrikes on the last Islamic State (IS) stronghold in eastern Syria, the state news agency SANA reported.

The airstrikes targeted the IS-held area in the town of Baghouz in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour province.

The report said most of the deaths were women and children.This comes as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced Sunday resuming the fight against the last redoubt of the IS in eastern Syria after a deadline given to the IS and their families.

The deadline for the surrender of the IS militants and their family members ended on Sunday afternoon, after which the operation of the SDF resumed in the farmlands of Baghouz. Thousands of people, including the IS militants, left while others are still in the area refusing to surrender. The IS militants are now besieged in an area fewer than 2 square km in the farmlands of Baghouz.

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