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Syrian warplanes hit town seized by ISIS

Men inspect a building damaged by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad in Aleppo's Kallaseh neighbourhood June 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)

BEIRUT: Activists say the Syrian army has carried out a series of deadly airstrikes against a town in eastern Syria that was captured by fighters from an Al-Qaeda breakaway group a day earlier.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says warplanes pounded Muhassan with six airstrikes Saturday, killing 16 people, including three civilians.

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria stormed the town along the Euphrates River Friday.

The town is in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, near the Iraqi border, where ISIS has been on the offensive since late April.

It comes as militants from the group seized an Iraqi crossing on the border with Syria after a daylong battle in which they killed some 30 Iraqi troops.

 

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