Raids on north-west Syria kill 7 civilians, partially destroy museum

BEIRUT (dpa) - Intensified airstrikes on the rebel-held province of Idlib in north-west Syria have killed at least seven civilians and partially destroyed a museum, a monitor said late Tuesday.
Five children were among those killed in the airstrikes on the town of Khan Subul in the centre of Idlib province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The raids also destroyed 40 per cent of the Khan Murad Pasha Museum in the Idlib city of Maaret al-Nouman, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told dpa.
"The museum was targeted before with raids, but this time the raids destroyed large parts of its northern sector," Abdel Rahman said.
He added that in 2011-12 the museum was made into a headquarters for regime forces who stole the artefacts inside it. Later it fell into the hands of the rebels who took control of the province. Idlib is the only Syrian province still run by rebel forces.
Abdel Rahman said the museum nowadays only holds large statues which are hard to move.
Regime and Russian planes have intensified their strikes on north-west Syria over the past month.
Russia says it has shifted its focus in Syria to rooting out the al-Qaeda-linked group Fatah al-Sham, previously known as the al-Nusra Front, following the defeat of the Islamic State extremist group in the war-torn country.
Fatah al-Sham has been one of the major forces fighting against Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in the country's seven-year civil war.

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018

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