Iraqi air strikes targeting ISIS, have allegedly killed at least 12 civilians and injured 28 others in the city of Fallujah city in Anbar province, a local tribal chief told Anadolu Agency.
For its part, the Iraqi defence ministry said fighter jets had carried out fresh air strikes on ISIS targets in Anbar and Salahuddin provinces.
The air strike targeted a residential area and local markets in the city, Sheikh Abu Mohammed al-Delimi said.
“Iraqi army war planes dropped five barrel bombs on Fallujah city on homes of civilians and local markets, leaving 12 people dead and 28 others injured, including children and women,” al-Delimi said.
“The barrel bombs caused severe damage in the area and destroyed 15 homes, an apartment building and a number of shops. Later, Iraqi forces shelled the al-Hajj Shaker al-Dahi mosque in central Fallujah which left a large part of the mosque destroyed and a number of shops,” he added.
The emergency department of the hospital was reported have received 12 bodies, including three children and two women, and 28 injured, including eight children and five women according to medical sources.
A video of the raids published by the defence ministry of Iraq, stated that many ISIS fighters were killed while equipment and buildings used as headquarters were destroyed.
Last month, the Iraqi government announced the start of a major offensive to recapture areas under the control of ISIS in Anbar.
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