Air strikes pummel Syria's rebel-held city of Idlib

2016-05-31 13:14
A file image on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front shows fighters from al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, marching toward the northern village of al-Ais in Syria’s Aleppo province. (Al-Nusra Front via AP)

A file image on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front shows fighters from al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, marching toward the northern village of al-Ais in Syria’s Aleppo province. (Al-Nusra Front via AP)

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Beirut - A wave of air strikes on a rebel-held stronghold in northwest Syria has caused mass casualties and sparked new clashes. The flare-up in violence came a day after the opposition's chief negotiator resigned in frustration over the stalled Geneva peace talks with the government of Bashar Assad.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group counted 10 air strikes on the city of Idlib, which it said killed at least 14 civilians, including three children. The group said it believed Russian jets were responsible.

The Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist network, said 10 people were killed when the city's National Hospital was hit, but had no details about casualties elsewhere in the city.

The opposition Civil Defence, which carries out rescue operations, gave a much higher casualty figure, saying dozens were killed and hundreds wounded in the air strikes in which several hospitals were damaged. The group said it had deployed its entire Idlib corps to take part in rescue operations.

The Observatory said hospitals were not targeted, but suffered damage when bombs struck nearby.

Idlib is under the control of the newly resurrected Army of Conquest coalition, which is dominated by ultraconservative insurgent groups and rebel factions. Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, leads the coalition. The Nusra Front is considered a terrorist group by the US and UN and has been excluded from previous cease-fire agreements between government forces and rebels.


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