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25 civilians killed in raids on Syria IS bastion Raqqa: Monitor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately able to determine who carried out the raids
A man carries two children away from the scene of an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa in 2013 (AFP)
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Air strikes on the Islamic State (IS) group's de facto Syrian capital Raqqa killed 25 civilians, six of them children, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

"Dozens more were wounded, some of them critically," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that it was not immediately able to determine who carried out the Tuesday raids.

The air strikes came after IS dealt a significant blow to Russian-backed government forces, driving them out of Raqqa province after they came within 20 kilometres of the Euphrates River and the country's largest dam.

Damascus lost more than 40 troops and militia in the counter-attack on Sunday and Monday, the Britain-based Observatory said.

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