The US military has rejected claims by several monitoring organisations that a US airstrike on Thursday killed dozens of Syrian civilians in a mosque, saying instead that the strike targeted and killed al-Qaeda militants.
According to local sources, 63 civilians were killed in the attack while praying in the mosque in a village near the northern city of Idlib.
A US official confirmed the airstrike, but said that it struck a building where al-Qaeda members were convening, killing “several terrorists”.
A video (below) purportedly from the scene of the attack showing scores of bodies and wounded people in a building seems to corroborate local sources.
The US official said that an investigation into civilian casualties would be launched.
Viewer discretion is advised. Some people may find footage disturbing:
Images circulating on Twitter on Friday shed further light on the claims.
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) March 17, 2017