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'Dozens killed' in airstrikes on ISIL-held town in Iraq

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By Euronews
'Dozens killed' in airstrikes on ISIL-held town in Iraq

<p>Airstrikes on a town near Iraq’s western border with Syria have killed dozens of people, according to Reuters.</p> <p>The agency quotes two parliamentarians and local hospital sources as saying that women and children were among the victims.</p> <p>The airstrikes hit a busy market in the town of Qaim in Iraq’s Anbar province. </p> <p>Local hospital sources said 55 civilians were killed, including 12 women and 19 children.</p> <p>The casualties were also reported by two local politicians, one of whom said some of his relatives were among the victims.</p> <p>The self-styled Islamic State’s news agency Amaq released footage showing what it said was the aftermath of the strikes, which it blamed on Iraq’s air force.</p> <p>Iraqi forces have been waging a campaign to crush <span class="caps">ISIL</span> in Mosul, nearly 300 kilometres away.</p>