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Syria war: Russian air strikes in Idlib leave 37 civilians dead, observatory says

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Publish Time 2017-09-26 07:03:00

Russian air strikes on north-west Syria have killed at least 37 civilians including a dozen children, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

The region has been the target of heavy bombing by the Syrian regime and its Russian allies for the past two weeks.

Russian and Syrian Government warplanes stepped up their airstrikes against rebels as well as Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in different areas, straining a patchwork of cease-fires and "de-escalation" agreements that had brought several months of calm.

Activists and monitoring groups reported airstrikes in Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, as well as clashes between rebels and pro-Government forces in northern Syria and on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

The observatory said the airstrikes killed 37 people in the town of Jisr al-Shughour and nearby areas in Idlib province.

The Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, which is active in opposition-held areas, said 15 people were killed and 30 wounded in Jisr al-Shughour alone.

It added that more people were killed in other areas in the province. Two people were killed on Monday in shelling on President Bashar Assad's ancestral village of Qardaha, state media reported.

Syria's state broadcaster said the village had been shelled by "terrorists" for two days straight. It said two people were wounded on Sunday, ABC News reported.

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