Beirut: 53 people, including 21 children, were killed Monday morning in Russia due to air raids on residential buildings in a village occupied by Islamic State group in eastern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that there were air strikes in Al-Shaffh village of Deir Azhor on the east bank of the river Furat. Based on the network of Syrian sources, the Observatory said that it shows how the attacks were carried out from their aircraft, where and how the ammunition was used.
The Surveillance Group initially informed the number of those who died as 34 but later found dead bodies also. Rami Abdel Rehman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told the news agency that the deceased number increased after the debris was removed in the rescue work throughout the day. They said that at least 18 people were injured in the air strikes. Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In September 2015, Russia started military intervention in Syria in support of the Assad government, which helped Damascus regain control of the occupied territories.