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U.S.-led strike on IS kills at least 352 civilians: Pentagon

(Xinhua)    09:20, May 01, 2017

A man carries the body of a dead child at a site hit by airstrike in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria, June 12, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)

WASHINGTON, April 30  -- The Pentagon said on Sunday at least 352 civilians were killed as a result of U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraqand Syriafrom August 2014 to match 2017.

In its monthly report of assessment of civilian casualties, the Pentagon said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.

According to the Pentagon, 45 civilians were killed between November 2016 and March 2017.

In addition, the U.S. military reported 80 civilian deaths from August 2014 to the present which were not previously announced.

"Although the coalition takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, in some incidents casualties are unavoidable," said the Pentagon.

The Pentagon's figures contradict the assessment by London-based Amnesty International, which estimated that about 300 civilians have been killed in 11 coalition airstrikes in Syria alone.

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