BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say that U.S.-led airstrikes have targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group, killing at least five people.
The Britain -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and two local activist collectives say the airstrikes hit refineries and oil fields in the eastern provinces of Deir el-Zour and Hassakeh.
In one incident, the activists said at least five people were killed, including women and children who were likely the wives and children of militants, living near a refinery building.
The Observatory and activists said other airstrikes targeted the Nusra Front , a Syrian al-Qaida affiliate that has fought the Islamic State, and which is one of the most powerful groups fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad .
Other strikes targeted Islamic State compounds, checkpoints and military vehicles.