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At least 42 killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on ISIS prison in eastern Syria

Yesterday, June 26th 2017, a US-led coalition air strike is reported to have hit a prison run by ISIS, killing 42 prisoners in addition to 15 militants, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The prison was located in Mayadin, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, Syria. Both civilians and rebel fighter are thought to have been detained there.

The coalition is said to be looking into the casualty reports. Central Command confirmed that it did carry out strikes on the town on Monday.

Other reports suggest the civilian death toll may be higher.

It was only last month when the SOHR reported that a US-led coalition airstrike killed 106 civilians in the same town, when the strikes landed on buildings housing families of ISIS fighters. Of the 106, 42 were thought to be children.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records the harm caused by explosive violence across the globe according to English-language media sources. Syria has consistently been one of the states worst impacted by explosive violence.

Between 2011-2016 Syria saw at least 51,875 reported deaths and injuries from explosive violence. Of these, 86% (44,614) were civilians. Last year, AOAV recorded 13,313 civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence. 48% were caused by air-launched weapons.

Compared to 2015, AOAV recorded a 45% increase in civilian deaths and injuries from air-launched explosive violence in Syria.

AOAV calls upon states to recognise the civilian impact of explosive weapons with wide-area impacts, which all too often result in the death and injury of scores of civilians. The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW), of which Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) is a member, released a briefing paper last year, ‘A Declaration to Prevent Harm From the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas‘, which sets out the key elements that should be included in a political instrument to address the humanitarian problem posed by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.