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Russian Airstrike Kills Civilians in Northwest Syria

Russian Airstrike Kills Civilians in Northwest Syria

Saturday, 18 January, 2020 - 13:00
A drone picture taken on January 15, 2020, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, searching through the rubble of a building at the site of a regime airstrike on Syria's last major opposition bastion of Idlib. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP)
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A Russian airstrike on Saturday killed five civilians, including four members of the same family, in the opposition-run Idlib province in Syria's northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


According to the Observatory, three children were among those killed after midnight Friday in the village of Bala.


"A man, his wife, and their two little girls were among those killed," said the head of the Britain-based monitoring group, Rami Abdel Rahman.


An Agence France Presse correspondent at a hospital in the area saw the bodies of two of the children wrapped up in thick winter blankets.


The strike created a massive crater of rubble near a two-story home flanked by an empty outdoor swimming pool, the correspondent said.


The Idlib region has witnessed an uptick in violence this week, as the Syrian regime presses a deadly offensive despite a ceasefire arranged by its Russian ally and opposition-backer Turkey.


Fighting there since Wednesday has killed 28 civilians including eight children, according to the Observatory.


It also took the lives of 58 pro-regime fighters and 67 fighters most of them militants, it added.


Violence in recent weeks has prompted hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes, exposing them to a harsh winter.


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