Russia strikes kill 78 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria Oct 27, 2020 0 297 12345 AFPBeirutAir strikes by Damascus regime ally Russia killed 78 Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Syria on Monday, a monitor said, in the bloodiest surge in violence since a truce almost eight months ago.More than 90 others were wounded when Russian warplanes targeted a training camp of the Faylaq al-Sham faction in the Jabal Duwayli area in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.In early March, a truce brokered between Moscow and Ankara stemmed a deadly months-long Russia-backed regime military offensive on the country’s last major rebel stronghold in Idlib.That onslaught from December had displaced almost a million people from their homes in one of the worst humanitarian crises of the nine-year civil war. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman described Monday’s strikes as the “deadliest since the ceasefire came into force”.The National Liberation Front, an umbrella group of Ankara-backed rebels based in Idlib that includes Faylaq al-Sham, told AFP that Monday’s Russian strikes hit one of its positions and caused casualties. It did not give an exact death toll.NLF spokesman Sayf Raad denounced the “Russian aircraft and regime forces continuously violating the Turkish-Russian deal in targeting military positions, villages and towns”.Of the almost one million people displaced in the last Idlib offensive, more than 200,000 have returned home to their towns and villages, most since the ceasefire went into force.The March truce has largely held, despite some intermittent bombardment in the area from both sides.Russian air strikes have from time to time targeted military positions, including those of Turkey-backed groups, Abdel Rahman said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Turkey’s Erdogan calls for boycott of French goods amid Macron row Oct 27, 2020 0 1167 Pakistan opens first metro line after years of delays Oct 27, 2020 0 312 Iran accuses Macron of fuelling ‘extremism’ Oct 27, 2020 0 75 Pompeo in India for talks on China ‘threats’ AFP New Delhi US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Monday, kicking off a four-country Asia tour that he has said will focus on the “threats” posed by China. Joined by Defence Secretary Mark Esper for the .. Typhoon hits Philippines, 7 fishermen missing Searches were under way on Monday for seven fishermen in the Philippines as a typhoon swept across the archipelago, flooding low-lying areas and forcing thousands of people into emergency shelters. Packing maximum .. China ‘to sanction’ US firms over Taiwan arms sale China said on Monday it would impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, a Boeing defence division and other US firms involved in arms sales to Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as its territory. The two US ..