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About 167 civilians had been killed in the US-led air strikes in different areas of Syria. The area, held by the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, has been heavily assaulted by US air forces.

About 56 civilians including 11 children were killed in air strikes on Tokhar in the northern city of Manbij.

Coalition strikes had also killed 10 more civilians including four children.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the United Kingdom said the total number of civilians killed by coalition strikes in Manbij is now at 167 with 44 children including.

Manbij is the large tract of land along Syria’s Northern Border with Turkey. The area is currently locked down by the Islamic State. It is a crucial supply point between Raqqa and Turkey. Now the US-backed Kurdish and Arab militias have entered the city and are defending it.

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces confirmed that the attack in Manbij had killed 95 people and a great number of civilians had been buried beneath rubble.

“The bombing of al-Tukhar may have resulted in the largest loss of civilian life by coalition operations in Syria. There must be a prompt, independent and transparent investigation to determine what happened, who was responsible, and how to avoid further needless loss of civilian life,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, interim deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International.

“Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and their families should receive full reparation.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron and French Prime Minister Francois Hollande concluded that the UK will not relieve its British border controls in Calais despite the Brexit vote. Both ministers said they had a “mutual commitment” to keep it in place.

According to a representative:

“They agreed to continue working closely together to protect our shared border in Calais – and to maintain the so-called juxtaposed controls”.

The 2003 Le Touquet Agreement secures the controls. UK passport officials would screen individuals in the French town before they board trains and ferries. According to British border officials, the Calais camp is a way to stop migrants from illegally crossing the Channel.

The Remain Campaign had once endorsed the UK could possibly have Calais camp controls lifted on event of a Brexit vote, though this has not come to pass. He said the ‘Jungle’ refugee camps could return to Kent after an EU exit.

Tory backbencher Nigel Mills last night told the Sun: “We always knew there was no reason for either side to want to change this agreement.

“And I think it just highlights how some of the nonsense spoken by the Remain camp is now falling away.”