Air raid leaves 10 civilians dead in northeast Syria

BEIRUT: An air raid on a village in northeast Syria held by the IS militant group killed at least 10 civilians including three children on Tuesday, a Britain-based monitor said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on Tal al Shair in the northeastern province of Hasakeh were carried out by the US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and neighbouring Iraq since 2014.
The coalition’s press office said it was aware of the allegations but did not have records of carrying out strikes in the area.
It is the latest in a series of raids on the area that have reportedly caused civilian casualties in past weeks.
Tal al Shair lies in a small pocket still held by IS fighters near the Iraqi border in the south of Hasakeh, where a Kurdish-Arab alliance backed by the coalition has been battling the militants in recent days.
According to the Observatory, a coalition air strike last week killed 11 civilians in the same IS-held area, and another 12 lost their lives in coalition raids on June 1.
The coalition said it was carrying out an investigation into the June 1 allegation.
Earlier this month, it admitted to nine more civilians deaths, bringing to 892 the total number of civilians it acknowledges to have killed since it intervened in Iraq and Syria.
Monitors like the Observatory and Airwars say the toll is much higher.
The Observatory, which relies on sources inside Syria, says it determines whose planes carried out strikes according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions involved.
Army boosts air defences near Golan: The Syrian army has reinforced its anti-aircraft defences near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a commander in the regional alliance that backs President Bashar al Assad said on Tuesday.
Additional defences are set to be deployed in the coming days, the commander said.
The stationing of the Russian-made Pantsir S1 weapon aims “to renew the air defence system against Israel in the first degree”, added the commander, a non-Syrian who spoke on condition of anonymity. —AFP/Reuters