Led coalition says hit Islamic State targets in Syrian town

Children look at Islamic State prisoners who were pardoned by a council that is expected to govern Raqqa once the group is dislodged from the Syrian city in Ain Issa village north of Raqqa

Along with the Syrian Democratic Forces, led by Kurdish militias, the coalition is now taking part in an offensive against IS positions in al-Raqqa province, the terror organization's main stronghold in Syria.

At least 57 people were dead in US-led air strikes on Islamic State prison in eastern Syria on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the coalition has said it is investigating the reports.

The Observatory said the air strike took place on Monday at dawn, hitting a building in the town of al-Mayadeen that was being used as a prison.

Scrocca said the jail was targeted to disrupt "ISIS's ability to facilitate and provoke terrorist attacks against the coalition, our partner forces and in our homelands".

"This allegation will be provided to our civilian casualty team for assessment", he said.

It was not immediately clear how either the Observatory or Deir Ezzour 24 identified the aircraft responsible for the strike.

The Deirezzor24 news website said dozens of civilians and Syrian rebel fighters were detained there.

The US-led coalition against the jihadists have conducted more than 21,000 air strikes in Syria and Iraq and believe that many Isis officials have been moved to the area as the noose tightens around Raqqa.

Among the operations moved to al-Mayadeen, about 80km west of the Iraqi border, were its online propaganda operation and its limited command and control of attacks in Europe and elsewhere, they said.

Last week the coalition said that it had killed IS's top cleric Turki Binali in a May 31 strike in Mayadeen and earlier this month Russian Federation said it had killed about 180 IS jihadists, including two field commanders, in June 6 and 8 air strikes on Deir Ezzor.

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