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Death toll from air strikes in Syrian city of Raqqa reaches 40-monitor
January 17, 2016 / 12:00 PM / 2 years ago

Death toll from air strikes in Syrian city of Raqqa reaches 40-monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The death toll from Saturday’s air strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa, de facto capital of the Islamic State group, has risen to 40 civilians, including eight children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

People inspect a site after hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

The group, which monitors the conflict in Syria through a wide network of local sources, said it remained unclear whether the warplanes which carried out the strikes were Russian or from the U.S.-led coalition.

The Observatory, which on Saturday had put the death toll from the strikes at 16 people, said they had hit shops and small restaurants in Raqqa.

Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Gareth Jones

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