Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Suspected Russian airstrikes kill 44 civilians in Syria's Idlib

Suspected Russian airstrikes kill 44 civilians in Syria's Idlib

Six children were among those killed when the strikes hit the Zardana area of Idlib province late yesterday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian Federation killed at least 44 people in a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory said the number could still rise as some of the victims were still under the rubble and some wounded were in critical condition.

Injured civilians were reportedly taken to nearby hospitals while local civil defense units carried out search-and-rescue operations.

At least 38 civilians have been killed in Syrian overnight airstrikes on an opposition province, which are believed to have been carried out by Russian Federation.

Idlib remains the largest populated area of Syria out of the government's control.

However, Idlib - which is now home to many of those displaced by Syria's seven-year civil war - has witnessed continued rebel violence and deadly airstrikes, including an alleged chlorine bomb attack earlier this year in the town of Saraqeb.

In recent months, tens of thousands of fighters and civilians have fled and been transferred there from parts of the country which the army has recaptured with the help of Russian Federation and Iran.

Conflicting figures in the aftermath of attacks in Syria are not uncommon.

The fighting in the town over the past 24 hours has killed 30 pro-regime fighters, the Observatory said.

Despite Russia's agreement that Idlib is a de-escalation zone, the Assad regime and Russian forces regularly bomb the region.

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