Russian airstrikes kill dozens in Syria’s Idlib

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A Syrian man carries a child at the scene of a reported air strike on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib on September 10, 2016 (Photo: Omar haj kadour/AFP)

ARA News

Idlib – Russian warplanes on Sunday launched several airstrikes on Syria’s northwestern Idlib Governorate, killing and wounding dozens of people, activists reported.

At least 44 civilians were killed and dozens of others wounded in the airstrikes, which targeted rebel-held populated areas in Idlib.

The Russian airstrikes reportedly hit the towns of Kafr Nabal and Maarat al-Numan.

“Kafr Nabal was hit by four airstrikes. At least 21 civilians were killed, including children,” local media activist Hassan al-Omari told ARA News, adding that more than 30 others were injured in the Russian strikes on Sunday evening.

The air raids targeted a crowded marketplace and a residential complex in the town.

“Rescue teams are still searching for survivors under the rubble,” al-Omari reported.

In Maarat al-Numan, dozens of casualties were reported after Russian fighter jets hit the town with some six airstrikes.

“So far dead bodies of 23 victims were pulled from under the rubble,” human rights activist Ahad al-Khalil told ARA News in Maarat al-Numan.

“Also, dozens of civilians were injured in the air raids. They were immediately moved to a field hospital for treatment,” the source reported.

Russia, a key supporter to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, began a military intervention in in Syria in September 2015, unde rthe pretext of fighting terrorist groups.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in November that their forces had begun a “major operation” targeting rebel-controlled areas in Homs and Idlib.

Reporting by: Jamil Mukarram | Source: ARA News

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