US-led air strikes against Isis in Syria ‘killed 10 civilians’

  • Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an air strike, as seen from a crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

    Monitor group says 10 civilians killed in recent US-led strikes
  • Jets target Isis at least twice after fierce shelling of town
  • US stresses Iraq in Isis fight even as Syria strikes continue

A group monitoring the violence in Syria said on Saturday recent US-led strikes in the country had killed 10 civilians. Washington said there was no evidence to back up the report.

Also on Saturday, US-led coalition jets struck suspected Islamic State (Isis) targets at least twice around the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, after fierce shelling by the insurgents hit the town centre. Shelling continued after the strikes, according to witnesses; some mortar shells were reported to have hit Mursitpinar, a border crossing within Turkey.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven civilians were killed when an air strike hit a gas plant near the town of al-Khasham is the eastern Deir al-Zor province on Friday, and three civilians were killed in an air strike on Thursday night in the north east province of al-Hassakah.

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