Air strikes kill 19 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 20 people were killed in Idlib province, while the opposition's Syrian Civil Defense said 18 lost their lives.

Russian and al-Assad air strikes salvage killed 19 civilians in riot-held villages in Syria. Five others were killed in Ibdeita, and a child was killed in a nearby village.

"At least 18 people have been killed since the morning, including children and entire families, by brutal raids via Russian and regime warplanes and helicopters", the White Helmets, wrote in a tweet on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights determines the provenance of air strikes by taking a detect at flight patterns and the aircraft and munitions fervent.

Several others had been wounded on the sites of the strikes.

Rescue workers, including members of the Syrian Civil Defence also known as the White Helmets, were forced to pick through the rubble of buildings that had collapsed.

The Observatory, which is a Britain-based monitor that relies on a network of sources inside Syria, said that it determines the provenance of an air strike by looking at flight patterns and the aircraft and munitions involved.

The war of more than eight years in Syria killed some 400,000 people, wounded more than one million and displaced half of the country's population before the war.

The attacks on the province of Idlib have intensified in recent weeks as the government appears to be preparing for an offensive in rebel-controlled areas east of the province to secure the main road linking the capital Damascus with the city.

Mohammad Halaj, director of Syria's Response Coordination Group, told Anadolu Agency that thousands of civilians were displaced in the first week of December due to attacks by Bashar al-Assad regime forces, Iran-backed terror groups and Russian Federation.

A ceasefire announced by Moscow has largely held since late August.

However the Observatory says lethal bombardment and skirmishes salvage persisted with more than 200 civilians killed within the boom since the deal.

President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to recover "every inch" of Syria, which descended into a multi-sided conflict after the eruption of protests against his rule in 2011.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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