Almost 60 people have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition air strike on a prison run by so-called Islamic State in eastern Syria, activists say.

According to BBC News, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 42 prisoners and 15 militants died when the facility in the Mayadin area was hit early on Monday.

The activist-run Deirezzor24 website said the prisoners included civilians and Syrian rebels opposed to IS.

A coalition spokesman said it was looking into the reports.

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