Sunday, January 24, 2016

At Least 63 People Die in Syrian Air Strikes; Includes 9 Children Struck by Russian Jets

At least 63 people -- including nine children -- have died in air strikes believed to be carried out by Russian warplanes on a town in eastern Syria, the News Daily website reports today (January 24, 2016).

The raids on Khasham near the city of Deir al-Zor yesterday were among a series of strikes that also hit two other towns in the past 48 hours, killing scores of people.

Russian jets have been bombing Deir al-Zor as Syrian pro-government forces clash with Islamic State (IS) fighters, who control most of the province.

Warplanes have also hit Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa over the past two days, killing at least 44 people in the city. 

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