Iraq air strike kills seven in hospital near Kirkuk

The attack on Hawija, near Kirkuk city, was one strike in a series of raids by warplanes in the area, the witnesses said.

Iraq air strike kills seven in hospital near Kirkuk

World Bulletin/News Desk

Iraq's air force hit a hospital in a town controlled by ISIL and other militant groups on Saturday, killing seven patients and wounding 22 others, including children, eyewitnesses said.

The attack on Hawija, near Kirkuk city, was one strike in a series of raids by warplanes in the area, the witnesses said.

The government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

ISIL launched a lightning advance through northern and central Iraq in June. With the help of U.S. air strikes, Iraq's army and Kurdish forces have been able to push the fighters back from some areas.

Civilian deaths are hard to quantify due to security restrictions in the roughly third of Iraq that ISIL controls.

Meanwhile, The U.S. has said its military forces conducted two airstrikes Friday and Saturday on militants using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft in support of the defense of Erbil.

According to a statement from U.S. Central Command, the strikes destroyed four ISIL Humvees, one armored personnel carrier and two trucks, one of which carried a mounted machine gun. 

The United States has said it conducted a total of 133 airstrikes across Iraq on ISIL targets since President Barack Obama authorized the military to carry out airstrikes in early August.

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