57 dead in US-led air strikes on IS-run prison in Syria : monitor
Most of Deir Ezzor province is controlled by Islamic State and it has been the target of air strikes by both the US-led coalition and the Syrian army and its Russian ally.world Updated: Jun 30, 2017 11:55 IST
Air strikes by a US-led coalition on a jail run by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria killed at least 57 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
“The strikes hit an IS jail in Mayadeen at dawn on Monday, killing 42 prisoners and 15 jihadists,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Mayadeen lies in the Euphrates Valley some 45 kilometres southeast of the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor.
The Britain-based Observatory said that according to its sources IS had paraded the bodies of the dead in the streets of the town.
Most of Deir Ezzor province is controlled by the jihadists and it has been the target of air strikes by both the coalition and the Syrian army and its Russian ally.
The US-led coalition said last week that it had killed IS’s top cleric Turki Binali in a May 31 strike on Mayadeen.
Russia said earlier this month that it had killed about 180 IS jihadists, including two field commanders, in June 6 and 8 air strikes on Deir Ezzor.