September 23, 2014 / 12:52 PM / 5 years ago

U.S.-led air strikes kill at least 70 Islamic State fighters - monitor

People inspect a shop damaged after what Islamist State militants say was a U.S. drone crashed into a communication station nearby in Raqqa September 23, 2014. REUTERS/ Stringer

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State killed at least 70 of its fighters on Tuesday in north and eastern Syria, a group tracking violence in the war said.

Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the death toll was likely to be much higher. “The information is the numbers are bigger than that,” he told Reuters by telephone.

He was citing casualties in the provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor and Hasakah in northern and eastern Syria. Abdulrahman said the total number of dead and wounded was at least 300.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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