UN: Rocket strike on Syria refugee camp kills 10 civilians

A girl carries a stack of bread on her head as she walks near rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria. (File/Reuters)
Updated 20 May 2019
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UN: Rocket strike on Syria refugee camp kills 10 civilians

GENEVA: At least 10 civilians were killed and 30 wounded in Syria by a rocket strike on the Neirab camp for Palestinian refugees close to the city of Aleppo on Tuesday night, the United Nations said in a statement on Thursday.
"As families gathered to break their fasts for the Ramadan Iftar meal, several rockets hit the densely populated Neirab camp for Palestine refugees in Aleppo," the statement from the UN humanitarian aid agency UNRWA said.
"Among those killed were four children, the youngest just six years old. A number of the injured remain in critical condition."


Regime air raids kill 9 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Updated 10 min 28 sec ago
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Regime air raids kill 9 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

  • Three children are among the dead in the airstrikes
  • Syrian and Russian bombing of northwest Syria killed more than 600 civilians

BEIRUT: Regime airstrikes on Tuesday killed nine civilians in rebel-held northwest Syria, the target of months of regime and Russian bombardment, a war monitor said.

Three children were among the nine killed outside Maaret Al-Numan, a town located in a southern strip of Idlib province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The death toll is expected to rise due to critical wounds sustained by some other victims, according to the Britain-based monitoring group.

Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have ramped up strikes on Idlib since late April, killing more than 600 civilians, while 52 others have died from rebel fire, according to the Observatory.

Regime forces have also been locked in battle with extremists and allied rebels on the edges of the bastion, which is held by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, including the north of Hama province.

The group in January took full administrative control of the Idlib region, home to three million people, although other extremist groups and rebel factions are also present.

Idlib and its surrounding areas are supposed to be protected from a massive regime offensive by a September 2018 deal between Russia and rebel backer Turkey.

A buffer zone planned under that accord was never fully implemented, and the region has seen an uptick in violence.

Syria’s war has killed a total of more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.