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Russian airstrikes kill 42 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

Syrians look for survivors after the Syrian Regime and/or allies carried out air strikes killing at least 20 civilians in Idlib, Syria on 8 June 2018 [Ahmet Mimar/Anadolu Agency]
Syrians look for survivors after the Syrian Regime and/or allies carried out air strikes killing at least 20 civilians in Idlib, Syria on 8 June 2018 [Ahmet Mimar/Anadolu Agency]

The number of civilians killed by Russian airstrikes in Syria’s north-western city of Idlib has risen to 42 with another 80 injured, according to local civil defence sources.

Mustafa Haj Yousuf, head of the White Helmets civil defence agency in Idlib, told Anadolu Agency the strikes had targeted the village of Zardana.

According to Haj Yousuf, five members of the White Helmets were among those injured by the strikes, which, he alleged had hit residential areas.

“The airstrikes were carried out by SU-24 Russian fighter jets dispatched from the Latakia airbase,” Syrian opposition groups said in a statement.

Injured civilians were reportedly taken to nearby hospitals while local civil defence units carried out search-and-rescue operations.

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Idlib, which remains under opposition control, was designated as a “de-escalation zone”, in which acts of aggression are expressly forbidden, in May of last year.

Nevertheless, the Assad regime and Russian forces have continued to carry out attacks on the region.

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