Led airstrikes kill 43 civilians in Syria

Islamic State has killed 120 civilians over the past 48 hours in western Mosul, according to an Iraqi army officer on Friday.

Civilian casualties have increased recently as a result of the intensification of USA airstrikes on Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, and other IS strongholds in northern and eastern Syria. The three districts are located north of Moul's Old City, a densely populated warren of narrow streets.

Earlier Friday, Lieutenant General Raed Shakir Jawdat, the commander of the federal police, said in a statement that his forces "continue to advance cautiously, and have imposed their control over 40 percent of Al-Zinjili neighbourhood".

By taking Sihha, Iraqi forces have reduced IS territory in the northern city to three districts along the Tigris River's west bank.

The United Nations said earlier this week that up to 200,000 civilians were estimated to still be trapped in IS-held areas, majority in the Old City.

The deadliest single strike was the attack on Mosul's al-Jadida district on 17 March, where 101 men, women and children were confirmed dead.

A similar operation is also underway by the Iraqi forces in Mosul's al-Shifaa area.

As the US-led coalition prepares to launch an assault on Raqqa, the militant group's de facto capital in Syria, human rights organizations have warned of the dangers posed by launching strikes in urban areas.

USA -led airstrikes targeted a residential building in Syria's northern city of Raqqa, killing 43 civilians, state TV reported on Saturday.

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