Human Rights Watch Says Strike in Syria by US-Led Coalition Killed 84 Civilians

An international human rights group says two airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on northern Syria earlier this year killed 84 civilians, including 30 children.

Human Rights Watch said Monday the attack raises concerns that the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group did not take “adequate precautions to minimize civilian casualties.”

The coalition has been targeting IS in Syria since September 2014. Airstrikes intensified in recent months as the extremists are being squeezed on several fronts by different groups.

HRW said it documented coalition attacks in March on a school housing displaced families in the town of Mansourah and a market and a bakery in the town of Tabqa, west of the city of Raqqa. It said IS fighters were present at the sites and so were scores of civilians.

Source: Associated Press