Monitor: 20 killed in Russian, Syrian government airstrikes on Idlib

CAIRO, Amr Mostafa and Ergin Hava (dpa)– The death toll from Syrian and Russian airstrikes on areas in Syria's north-western province of Idlib on Saturday rose to 20 civilians, a monitoring group said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that nine were killed in the village of Baluon, five in Abdita, four in al-Bara, one in Bujghas and one in Talmenes.

Eight children are among the dead, the Britain-based watchdog said, adding that 43 others were wounded, some in serious condition.
On April 30, the Syrian government, supported by Russian air power, began a massive military offensive against rebels in the provinces of Hama and Idlib, forcing thousands of people to flee.
The Syrian government forces have since regained territory from the rebels in the two provinces.
According to the Britain-based watchdog, some 4,873 people have lost their lives, among them 1,251 civilians, since the offensive started.
Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported Saturday that 25,000 Syrians have fled the Syrian and Russian attacks in Idlib over the past week, moving near the border with Turkey.
Russian and Syrian government forces allegedly targeted civilian areas in Idlib, including hospitals and schools, Anadolu said, citing a local group called Syrian Response Coordination Group.
Idlib is mainly controlled by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Sunday, December 8th 2019
Amr Mostafa and Ergin Hava (dpa)

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