The Daesh-held area of eastern Syria near the border with Iraq was targeted, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This frame grab from a video released on November 2, 2017 by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows smoke and debris rising after Syrian regime shelling of the Deir Ezzor city during a battle against Daesh in Syria.
This frame grab from a video released on November 2, 2017 by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows smoke and debris rising after Syrian regime shelling of the Deir Ezzor city during a battle against Daesh in Syria. ( AP Archive )

An air strike has killed 54 people, including civilians and Daesh militants in one of the last holdouts of the Daesh in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said on Friday.

The raid late on Thursday hit a "gathering of civilians" at an ice factory near the village of Al Soussa near the Iraqi border, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

It was not immediately clear if the strike was carried out by an Iraqi plane or by one of the US-led coalition fighting Daesh, the monitor said.

Iraqi warplanes have recently carried out strikes in eastern Syria. Coalition aircraft have been supporting YPG, a militia which is backed by the US in its fight against the Daesh but accused by Turkey of terrorist activities.

The regime news agency SANA reported the strike late on Thursday, saying more than 30 civilians were killed, accusing the US-led coalition.

The coalition was not immediately available for comment.

Daesh fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in 2014, declaring a cross-border "caliphate" in areas they controlled.

They have since lost most of that territory to various offensives, but still retain pockets in Syria including in Deir Ezzor.

Al Soussa lies to the east of the Euphrates River, which runs diagonally through Deir Ezzor, splitting the province in half.

Russia-backed regime forces have pushed back Daesh on the western side of the Euphrates, while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces alliance has battled them to its east.

Source: AFP