Syrian Observatory: air strike kills 42 in Islamic State-held town

Children look at Islamic State prisoners who were pardoned by a council that is expected to govern Raqqa once the group is dislodged from the Syrian city in Ain Issa village north of Raqqa

At least 57 inmates and guards were killed when a US -led airstrike targeted a prison under the control of Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a monitor group reported on Tuesday.

The coalition said it had carried out strikes on known IS targets in the town on Sunday and Monday - the day the Observatory said the prison was hit, killing 57 people.

More than 420 civilians were killed by the US-led coalition in air strikes targeting IS militants inside two Syrian provinces over the past month, the group said last week.

Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the USA -led coalition, said: "With every single allegation we will take it and look into it".

"This allegation will be provided to our civilian casualty team for assessment", he said.

Dillon added that Observatory reporting had previously been exaggerated.




At least 15 ISIL fighters were also killed in the raid, the UK-based monitor, which tracks developments in Syria's long-running conflict via a network of contacts on the ground, said.

Before turning it into a prison, the building was the home of the leader of al-Qaida affiliate in Syria who was assassinated by Islamic State.

In a news bulletin flashed on screen, it said the building had been used as a prison for a "large number of civilians".

The US-led coalition against the jihadists have conducted more than 21,000 air strikes in Syria and Iraq and believe that many Isis officials have been moved to the area as the noose tightens around Raqqa.

Among operations moved to al-Mayadeen, about 80 km (50 miles) west of the Iraqi border, are its online propaganda operation and its limited command and control of attacks in Europe and elsewhere, they say.

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