Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail|08 June 2018|23 Ramadaan 1439

At least 20 civilians were killed and 80 others injured Thursday in Russian airstrikes in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib, according to a civil defence unit.

Mustafa Haj Yousuf, head of the civil defence unit in Idlib, told Anadolu Agency the airstrikes hit Zardana village.

Yousuf said five members of the civil defence unit were among those injured when the air attacks targeted a marketplace and civilian areas near a mosque.

“The airstrikes were carried out by SU-24 Russian fighter jets from Latakia airbase,” the aircraft observatory group of the Syrian opposition said in a statement.

Injured civilians were taken to nearby hospitals while civil defence units carried out a search and rescue operation in the area.

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 last year.

However, the Assad regime and Russian forces continue regular air attacks on the region.

Source – Anadolu Agency


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