Raids kill 39 civilians in IS bastion in Syria: monitor

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Beirut (AFP)

Air strikes killed at least 39 civilians on Saturday in Raqa, the Islamic State group's main stronghold in Syria, a monitoring group said.

At least five children and seven women were among the dead, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The raids came a day after 16 civilians were killed in strikes on the same city.