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Russian strikes kill 8 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

Russian strikes kill 8 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

AFP
Beirut
Russian airstrikes in Syria’s northwestern region of Idlib on Thursday killed eight civilians, including five children, a war monitor said.
Most of Idlib and parts of Aleppo province are still controlled by factions opposed to President Bashar al-Assad’s Russian-backed regime, including a group that includes onetime members of Al-Qaeda’s former Syria franchise.
Five civilians from the same family were killed in Saraqeb and three others in the town of Arnaba, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“The region is witnessing very intense bombardment by Russian warplanes,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring group, said.
Idlib province is a dead end for people displaced from other formerly rebel-held parts of the country that government forces have retaken.
The violence in northern Syria is escalating an already dire humanitarian situation, with aid groups warning of displacement on an unprecedented scale.