60 children killed in a week of Syrian air raids

2014-10-27 15:53
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Beirut - Syrian regime airstrikes have killed 182 people, including 60 children under the age of 18, over the past week, a monitoring group said on Monday.

"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has been able to document the marytrdom of 182 civilians, including 60 children, 38 women and 84 men, as a result of strikes by warplanes and helicopters during the past seven days," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It added that 300 other civilians were also wounded.

The watchdog said Syrian government forces have carried out 602 air raids on rebel-held areas since last Sunday.

Elsewhere, members of the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front launched a major assault on the northern city of Idlib, the Observatory said.

Heavy clashes

"The attack was carried out by some rebels inside the city and others from al-Nusra Front who were positioned outside Idlib, mainly on its outskirts," said Observatory director Rami Abdel-Rahman.

Four suicide bombers blew themselves up at on army checkpoint at the outskirts of the city, a regime hold-out in the rebel-dominated north-western province, killing at least 10 troops, Abdel-Rahman said.

Meanwhile, heavy clashes took place between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State jihadists in the besieged border town of Kobane, amid intensified air raids by the US-led coalition on the area, a senior Kurdish official said.

"There is heavy fighting between our fighters and the Islamic State on eastern and northern outskirts of the city, but our fighters managed to repel an attack on the northern outskirts," Idriss Nassan told dpa by telephone.

The Islamic State fighters are thought to be trying to sieze the Syrian side of the border crossing with Turkey, ahead of the planned arrival through Turkish territory of reinforcements from Iraqi Kurdistan.

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