Russian airstrikes in Syria kill 183 civilians - monitor

2015-10-30 11:29
(Sana, AFP)

(Sana, AFP)

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Beirut - Russian airstrikes on rebel-held areas in Syria have killed 183 civilians over one month, including 48 children, a monitoring group reported on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, tracking violence inside the country, said that the strikes had killed 410 jihadists, including 131 fighters from ISIS extremist militia.

The report comes as allies and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad are to hold Friday talks in Vienna on ending the war, in which more than 250 000 people were killed.

Russia, an ally of Assad, started an aerial campaign in Syria on September 30, saying it was targeting "terrorist" groups such as ISIS.

Moderate rebel groups and their US, Turkish and Gulf allies criticised the military intervention, saying that Russian airstrikes were targeting Western-backed fighters seeking to topple Assad.

Activists inside Syria have repeatedly claimed that Russian jets were targeting heavily populated civilian areas and makeshift hospitals, a charge denied by Moscow.

The Russian campaign has helped Assad's overstretched forces to gain ground mainly in northern and central Syria after months of military setbacks.

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