Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Air strikes kill at least 44 in Syria's Idlib: Monitor

Air strikes kill at least 44 in Syria's Idlib: Monitor

At least 38 civilians were killed including many children in an airstrike Thursday evening on the Zardana village in the Idlib province of Syria.

Air strikes thought to have been carried out by Russian jets on a rebel-held residential area in northwestern Syria have killed 51 civilians, a Britain-based monitor said on Friday.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said the toll was rising because more bodies had been found under the rubble of houses destroyed in the air strikes.

The observatory reported the death of 18 civilians overnight, however, the death toll continued to rise as rescue workers were looking for survivors in the village of Zardana.

Airstrikes in northwestern Syria on Thursday, thought to have been carried out by regime ally Russian Federation, killed 18 civilians, including two children, a Britain-based monitor said.

Idlib, under the control of military opponents and anti-regime armed groups, was declared a "de-escalation zone" during peace talks on Syria between Russia, Turkey and Iran in Astana, Kazakhstan in May a year ago.

In recent years, tens of thousands of fighters and civilians have fled there from parts of the country which the army has recaptured with the help of Russian Federation and Iran.

Syrian rescuers and civilians recover bodies in Zardana in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province in the aftermath of air strikes in the area

Conflicting figures in the aftermath of attacks in Syria are not uncommon.

The Deir Ezzor 24, an activist collective in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour said some pro-government gunmen were killed or wounded an attacks by the Islamic State on their positions on the outskirts of the town.

These include 16 regime troops among them a general, as well as 14 non-Syrian combatants, notably Iranians and Lebanese Hezbollah movement fighters, the monitor said.

Despite Russia's agreement that Idlib is a de-escalation zone, the Assad regime and Russian forces regularly bomb the region.

Twenty-one IS jihadists were also killed in that same period, including the 10 suicide bombers, according to the same source.

The jihadists now control no more than three percent of Syria, the Observatory says, mostly in the eastern desert near the border with Iraq.

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