Airstrikes kill 11, including children, in Syria’s Idlib

Airstrikes kill 11, including children, in Syria’s Idlib
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A man reacts at a site hit by airstrikes in the rebel-controlled town of Ariha in Idlib province, Syria on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
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TYRANNY: Smoke rises after a strike by pro-Bashar forces in Shefounieh on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated 13 July 2016

Airstrikes kill 11, including children, in Syria’s Idlib

Airstrikes kill 11, including children, in Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT: At least 11 civilians, including three children, were killed in air strikes on a rebel-held town in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Wednesday, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said it was unclear if the strikes on the town of Ariha in Idlib province were carried out by Syrian government or Russian war planes.
The town is controlled by the Army of Conquest, a rebel alliance of militant groups including Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front that holds almost all of Idlib province.
Video uploaded by activists purportedly showed the aftermath of the strikes, with residents and Civil Defense workers picking though debris looking for survivors.
Idlib has regularly been targeted by both Syrian government airstrikes and raids carried out by its Russian ally.
A longtime backer of the government in Damascus, Moscow stepped up its support for Bashar Assad on September 30, when it began an air campaign aimed at bolstering regime positions.
Elsewhere in the country, the Observatory said at least eight people were killed on Wednesday in the town of Rastan in central Homs province.
Five of them died in air strikes on the town’s market place, which also wounded dozens of people. Another three were killed in shelling earlier Wednesday.