NEW: U.S. Central Command: 10 coalition airstrikes in Syria, seven in Iraq since Monday
Airstrikes by Syrian forces in Raqqa have killed 95 people, monitoring group says
The death toll is likely to rise since many people are critically injured, it says
A senior ISIS figure has been killed in a coalition airstrike in Iraq, official says
At least 95 people have been killed and 120 injured in airstrikes by Syrian government forces on the northern city of Raqqa, a stronghold for the extremist group ISIS, a monitoring group said Wednesday.
The death toll from Tuesday’s airstrikes is expected to rise because many people are critically injured, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Government warplanes carried out at least 10 airstrikes in Raqqa, targeting the city’s al-Hani Mosque and the public souk, or market, the Observatory said. Its reports are based on information from a network of activists and residents on the ground in Syria.
Syria’s state TV and news agency SANA have not reported on military operations targeting Raqqa.
The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS has also carried out airstrikes in the area since the start of operations in September.
The city is known as a place where ISIS puts training centers, weapons depots and accommodations for fighters. During the Syrian conflict, the group has also seized military bases from the Syrian regime near the city and in the wider Raqqa province.
U.S. Central Command said the coalition carried out 10 airstrikes in Syria from Monday to Wednesday, hitting ISIS targets near the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.
Report: ISIS commander in Iraq killed
Across the border in northern Iraq, tens of ISIS militants were killed after they attacked Mosul Dam on Wednesday from three directions, a spokesman for Kurdish Peshmerga forces at the dam told CNN.
The assault ended after coalition aircraft targeted ISIS convoys, he said. Six Peshmerga fighters were injured.
A U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed a senior ISIS figure near the city of Hit along with dozens of others riding in a convoy of vehicles Tuesday, Sabah Karkhout, the head of Iraq’s Anbar provincial council, told CNN.
Senan Meteeb, named by ISIS as the “emir” or “prince” of the group’s military in the area in western Anbar province, was reportedly killed along with 30 other ISIS militants when the convoy was hit about 190 kilometers (118 miles) northwest of Baghdad.
Meteeb was directly responsible for operations that led to the recent killing of hundreds of Albu Nimr Sunni tribesmen who fought against ISIS side-by-side with Iraqi security forces in Anbar province and Hit, Karkhout said.
Sheikh Naim al-Gaoud, one of the leaders of the Albu Nimr tribe, confirmed to CNN that Meteeb was a top-ranking ISIS leader in the Hit area, but he said he had no confirmation from his men on the ground that he had been killed. If true, he said, Meteeb would be a high-value target.
Hit and neighboring Ramadi were holdouts in the Sunni-dominated Anbar province after ISIS swept in from Syria, taking town after town in the western province. Albu Nimr tribesmen were among those who fought them until they began running of out weapons and supplies.
U.S. Central Command said the coalition had carried out seven airstrikes in Iraq from Monday to Wednesday but listed none on a convoy in the Hit area.
The closest was an airstrike northwest of Ramadi that damaged an ISIS checkpoint.
Two airstrikes near Mosul destroyed an ISIS fighting position, buildings and vehicles, and also struck a large ISIS unit, Central Command said.
Two more airstrikes near the northern city of Kirkuk and one in the Sinjar area, also in the north, took out ISIS vehicles, it said. Another west of Baiji destroyed an ISIS vehicle and damaged another.
CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh, Hamdi Alkhshali and Adam Levine contributed to this report.