Monday, 18 June, 2018

Air strikes kill at least 44 in Syria's Idlib

Suspected Russian strikes kill 44 civilians in northwest Syria monitor Suspected Russian strikes kill 44 civilians in northwest Syria monitor
Jeannette Daniel | 10 June, 2018, 19:59

Airstrikes in northwestern Syria on Thursday, thought to have been carried out by regime ally Russian Federation, killed 18 civilians, including two children, a Britain-based monitor said.

Syrians gather amidst destruction in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, in the aftermath of following air strikes in the area late on June 8, 2018. It should be noted that the searching operation for missing persons under the rubble are still ongoing as of this writing.

Civilians and civil defence members look for survivors at a site damaged after Russian air strikes on Idlib, Syria, on May 30, 2016.

The Islamic State group used at least 10 suicide bombers on Friday in a massive attack on Albu Kamal, in which they retook parts of the eastern Syrian town, a monitor said.

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.

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Northwestern Idlib is the most populated part of Syria which is still under the control of insurgents fighting Bashar al-Assad's government which has the backing of Russian Federation and Iran and has allegedly targeted its own people, even through the use of poisonous gas.

Conflicting figures in the aftermath of attacks in Syria are not uncommon. At least 92 extremist fighters were killed during that same period.

IS in 2014 proclaimed a cross-border "caliphate" in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, but has since lost most of its territory to various military offensives.

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

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