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At least 11 civilians killed by shelling, artillery fire in Syria's Raqqa

 A file image shows a soldier aiming an automatic rifle through a peephole in a wall at Raqqa city, Syria, June 11, 2017. EPA/YOUSSEF RABIE YOUSSEF

A file image shows a soldier aiming an automatic rifle through a peephole in a wall at Raqqa city, Syria, June 11, 2017. EPA/YOUSSEF RABIE YOUSSEF

Beirut, Jul 3 (efe-epa) .- At least 11 civilians, including three children, have been killed by airstrikes and artillery fire in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which is currently the scene of a military offensive conducted by a United States-backed alliance led by Kurdish militias against the Islamic State terror organization, a British-based war monitor said on Monday.

The 11 civilians were killed in bombings conducted by a United States-led international air force coalition and shelling fired by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an armed group led by Kurds, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights added.

Meanwhile, fighting between the SDF and IS in the southern part of the city has continued through early Monday.

Since June 6, the SDF, backed by the coalition and US Special Forces, have been pushing into Raqqa, a city that fell to the IS in 2014 and became the capital of the group's so-called caliphate.

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