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Dozens of Civilians Killed in Airstrike on Iraq-Syria Border

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Several airstrikes on a Daesh-controlled village near the border of Iraq and Syria have resulted in dozens of deaths, including that of women and children, two parliamentarians and nearby hospitals have confirmed.

The strikes were directed at a Daesh-held village along the Iraqi-Syrian border in the Anbar province of Iraq. While eight militants were among the casualties delivered to the morgue in the Qa’im hospital, according to the hospital’s medics, the bombings also saw 55 civilians killed, including 12 women and 19 children. 

An Anbar legislator corroborated the figure, citing that 55 civilians had been killed in the airstrikes. Another lawmaker told Reuters that 60 people had been killed.

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Daesh’s news media arm, Amaq, released footage of the airstrike aftermath, and said that the Iraqi air force was responsible for the incident, according to Reuters. The footage also reportedly shows charred corpses lining the village streets, as well as burning vehicles and decimated buildings. Other reports indicate that it is too early to say which party is responsible. 

Qa’im is some 270 miles (434km) southwest of Mosul, which a US-led coalition is currently campaigning to seize from Daesh control.

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