Syria: 'Russian' warplanes bomb rebel-held Idlib, dozens dead

2018-06-09 10:53
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Air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russia on a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 44 people overnight, inflicting the highest death toll in a single attack on the region this year, a monitoring group said on Friday.

"Warplanes, which are likely Russian, targeted the village of Zardana in northern rural Idlib overnight and caused the highest death toll in a single attack on the region including 11 women and six children," Rami Abdulrahman, the director of the group, said.

More than 60 people were also injured in the strikes that took place in the village of Zardana, the Britain-based watchdog added.

The death toll is expected to increase as some of those injured in the strikes were in a critical condition, Abdulrahman said.

Rescue workers were still searching under the rubble for survivors.

The northwestern Idlib region remains the largest populated area of Syria in the hands of rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

In recent years, tens of thousands of fighters and civilians have taken refuge in Idlib after fleeing from other parts of the country under evacuation deals with the government.

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