Air strike on ISIL-run refinery in Syria kills 30

Monitor claims the dead were refinery workers and militants
Air strike on ISIL-run refinery in Syria kills 30
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By Reuters
Mon 09 Mar 2015 11:28 AM

A US-led
coalition air strike in Syria hit an oil refinery run by the ISIL militant
group near the border with Turkey on Sunday, killing 30 people, the Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Rami
Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory, said the dead were refinery workers and ISIL
militants. The targeted refinery was just northeast of the town of Tel Abyad
near the Turkish border, he said.

Asked about the
report, a spokesman for the US Combined Joint Task Force overseeing the fight
against ISIL, said: "When an allegation of civilian casualties caused by
US or coalition forces is determined to be credible, a thorough investigation
would be launched to determine the accuracy of the claim and any circumstances
surrounding it."

The spokesman
said US and coalition forces had implemented "significant mitigation
measures within the targeting process and during the conduct of operations to
reduce the potential of civilian casualties and collateral damage."

The ISIL group
has seized wide areas of Syria and Iraq, declaring them part of a cross-border
"caliphate". The territories it controls in northern and eastern
Syria include oil-producing regions that have financed the group's activities.

In November,
the United Nations estimated ISIL's revenue from oil ranged between $846,000 to
$1.6 million a day.

But the
Pentagon has assessed that oil was no longer the main source of revenue for ISIL.
Western diplomats have said this was due to air strikes on oil installations
and a plunge in global oil prices that has affected black market prices as
well.

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