Raids kill 39 civilians in IS bastion in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Air strikes killed at least 39 civilians on Saturday in Raqa, the Islamic State group’s main stronghold in Syria, a monitoring group said.

At least five children and seven women were among the dead, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The raids came a day after 16 civilians were killed in strikes on the same city.

“We cannot know whether the latest strikes on Raqa are by Syrian or Russian warplanes,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.