Air strikes Kill at Least 44 in Syria's Idlib, Russia Denies Responsibility

10 June, 2018, 19:57 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Syrians gather amid destruction in Zardana Idlib province in the aftermath of airstrikes Thursday

It said the airstrike was carried out by Russian warplanes and is so far the deadliest in Idlib province this year.

The Observatory said the number could rise, as some victims were still under rubble and some of the wounded were in critical condition.

Injured civilians were taken to nearby hospitals while civil defense units carried out a search and rescue operation in the area.

Air strikes in northwestern Syria on Thursday, thought to have been carried out by Russian Federation, killed 44 civilians including five children, according to a Britain-based monitor.

Violent clashes were ongoing in Albu Kamal, which lies in the Euphrates Valley in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Northwestern Idlib region is the largest populated area of Syria still in the hands of groups opposed to the Damascus regime of Bashar al Assad.

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The Observatory reported violent clashes in the village between local factions on Wednesday night, but later said the destruction and resulting casualties were due to air strikes.

In recent years, tens of thousands of fighters and civilians have fled there from parts of the country the army has recaptured with the help of Russian Federation and Iran. At least 92 extremist fighters were killed during that same period.

Twelve militants were killed in the assaults in the desert of the southern province of Sweida, the Observatory said. He said: "Our troops will stay in Syria as long as it is beneficial to Russia".

More than 350,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

According to the Council and the "White helmets", in the RAID carried the Russian planes VC.

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