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33 dead in US-led north Syria air strike

At least 33 people were killed in a US-led coalition strike on a school used as a centre for displaced people near a jihadist-held Syrian town, a monitor said Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike south of Al-Mansoura, a town held by the Islamic State group in the northern province of Raqa, “took place in the early hours of Tuesday.”

Top officials from the 68-nation alliance fighting IS are set to meet in Washington on Wednesday to hear more about US President Donald Trump’s plan to destroy the terrorists’ remaining strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

The US-led coalition has been bombing IS since 2014 and is now backing a major offensive to defeat the group in Raqa city, the Syrian heart of the group’s so-called “Islamic caliphate”.

The school-turned-shelter hit on Tuesday morning lies about 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Raqa.

“We can now confirm that 33 people were killed, and they were displaced civilians from Raqa, Aleppo and Homs,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

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