US-led airstrikes killed at least 26 civilians in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor

A monitoring group says new on Friday U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have killed at least 26 civilians in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province.

According to the Syrian observatory for Human Rights, 13 of those killed in the attack were women and children. Several people also sustained injuries.

The monitoring group also said that the coalition warplanes inflicted heavy damage on residential areas and food stores.

The United States says its strikes target terrorists, but facts on the ground show civilians are the main victims of such attacks.

The foreign-backed insurgency, which started in Syria in March 2011, has so far taken the lives of about half a million people.