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Russian airstrikes kill 8 civilians in Syria’s Idlib
2018-02-05
[AA.TR] Eight people were killed and at least 40 others injured in Russian Arclight airstrikes in the Idlib province in northern Syria on Sunday, according to an official of the White Helmets civil defense agency.

"In airstrike attacks in the evening hours on the Kafr Nabl district and the village of Masaran conducted by warplanes belonging to Russia eight civilians died, at least 40 civilians were maimed," White Helmets director in Idlib, Mustafa Haj Yusuf told Anadolu Agency.

Yusuf said the airstrikes were also conducted in Idlib's Saraqib, Khan Shaykhun and Maarretinuman districts including the village of Tell Mardikh.

Yusuf said that search and rescue operations were ongoing in the region.

There are worries that the number of dead could increase, Yusuf added.

Located in northern Syria near the Ottoman Turkish border, the Idlib province was declared a "de-escalation zone".

Controlled by anti-regime gangs, the province has been under intense airstrikes for the last two months.

In January alone, 211 non-combatants were killed and 1,447 maimed.

Attacks by Syrian regime in Idlib kill 16 civilians

Sixteen non-combatants were killed Saturday in bombings by Syrian regime forces in northern Idlib province.

"A barrel kaboom by [forces of] the Bashir al-Assad regime on the village of Khan Assubul killed nine, and another attack on Masaran village killed seven civilians from the same family this evening," Mustafa Haj Yusuf, director in Idlib of the pro-opposition civil defense agency the White Helmets, told Anadolu Agency.

He added that Saraqib district, along with Tell Mardikh, Kafr Amim, Masaran and Khan Assubul villages, were under heavy bombing.

Earlier in the day, seven people were killed in two regime Arclight airstrikes in Idlib.

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