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More than 25 Syrian civilians killed by Assad-Putin air strikes

Air strikes and rocket fire launched by Assad’s force and its ally Russia have claimed the lives of more than 25 innocent civilians, including 11 children and more than 70 wounded in Syria’s Idlib region.

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Air strikes and rocket fire by Syria’s regime and its ally Russia on Monday killed 25 civilians, including seven children, in a northwestern region beyond government control, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said 13 of those slain were killed in regime air raids on the village of Jabala in Idlib province. The Idlib region, dominated by an alliance led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, is supposed to be protected by a months-old buffer zone deal.

Assad-Putin Bombarding Civilians

That region includes most of Idlib province as well as adjacent parts of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo governorates. But it has come under deadly regime bombardment in recent weeks, sparking fears for its roughly three million residents.

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

Julian Röpcke, senior journalist and political speaker, reported that the final death in the Assad-Putin air and artillery strikes increased to 27 civilians, including 11 children, while more than 70 people were wounded.

The White Helmets, a Syrian humanitarian relief organization, reported that the shelling launched by the Assad-led regime and Russia forces marked one of the “bloodiest days in northern Syria” and confirmed that 27 innocent lives were lost.

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The Syrian humanitarian relief organization tweeted, “27 civilians were killed today, June 10/19, among them 8 children and 6 women. Most of the victims were killed in Jabalah village in the southern countryside of Idlib, where 12 people were killed by air strikes via regime aircraft which targeted the village this afternoon.”

The White Helmets tweeted that the “vicious massacre” carried out by Assad’s war planes led to the collapse of many houses in Jabalah Town, southern Idlib, causing “several families to get buried under the rubble of their houses”.

Zouhir Al-Shimale, a freelance Syrian journalist based in Aleppo, shared that the Russian airstrike in Idlib claimed the lives of a mother and newborn baby.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said 13 of those slain were killed in regime air raids on the village of Jabala in Idlib province.

Shimale tweeted, “A new born baby girl was “killed” following Russian airstrike against her house. Doctors couldn’t rescue the mother nor the infant after urgent labour surgery ended unsuccessfully.”

Recent Surge of Violence

The spike in violence has killed more than 360 civilians since the end of April, says the Britain-based Observatory. The violence has also forced more than 270,000 people to flee their homes and hit 24 health facilities, the United Nations says.

Analysts predict the regime will continue to chip away at the region but say it is unlikely to unleash a major assault.

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Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests. The Observatory, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information, says it determines who carries out air strikes according to flight patterns, as well as aircraft and ammunitions used.

AFP with additional input by GVS news desk.

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