French airstrikes in Syria killed 30 IS militants

September 30, 2015 03:56 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 02:53 pm IST - BEIRUT

A Syrian activist group said the first airstrikes by French warplanes in Syria earlier this week killed 30 militants at an Islamic State (IS) training camp.

President Francois Hollande said six French jet fighters on Sunday destroyed the camp in a five-hour operation the first action by France since it expanded its mission against IS.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists on the ground, said on Wednesday that 12 teenage fighters and several militants from various Arab countries were among those killed near the eastern town of Jalaa.

The youths trained by IS are known as “Cubs of the Caliphate.” The Observatory said at least 20 IS members were wounded.

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