Russian strikes kill 20 civilians in ISIS-held town near Aleppo


People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire caused by airstrikes by the Syrian air force in Damascus suburb. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Russian fighter jets bombed on Monday a town held by militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s northern Aleppo province.

Dozens of civilian casualties were reported in the Russian raids that hit the Numan town in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

“At least 23 dead bodies were pulled from the rubble of bombed buildings in Numan on Monday evening,” rights activist Muhannad al-Jassim told ARA News.

“The Russian airstrikes, which hit a populated neighborhood in the town, have also caused the injury of nearly 30 people,” the source reported. 

In the meantime, a local rescue team has installed a field hospital in the town in order to treat the wounded, while activists continued searching for victims under the rubble. 

“The Russians are indiscriminately bombing areas outside the control of pro-Assad forces. Most of the victims of such airstrikes are civilians,” al-Jassim said. 

ISIS militants have recently captured the town of Numan after clashes with Syrian army troops east of Aleppo. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil 

Source: ARA News

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