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Regime air strikes kill 10 civilians in north-west Syria

Date: Jul 12, 2019

At least 10 civilians were killed Friday in Syrian regime air strikes in the country's northwest, including three children, a war monitor said.

Another 45 civilians were wounded in the strikes across the jihadist-held Idlib region, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Those killed included three people in Idlib city, which until Friday had been spared strikes by the regime and its Russian ally since they stepped up bombardment of the region more than two months ago. "It's the first time that the raids hit the centre of Idlib, after being confined until now to its suburbs," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

In June a civilian was killed in an air strike on the outskirts of the regional capital, considered the stronghold of Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

The group in January took full administrative control of the Idlib region, home to three million people, although other jihadist groups and rebel factions are also present.

Russian and regime aircraft have ramped up strikes on Idlib since the end of April, killing more than 580 civilians. Rebel and jihadist fire has killed 45 civilians over the same period, according to Observatory figures.

Friday's air strikes hit residential buildings in one of the city's largest squares, Sabaa Bahrat, an AFP photographer said.

Ambulances were dispatched to the scene to tend to the victims, he added. Meanwhile, in neighbouring Hama province, six children were wounded by opposition fire in the regime-held area of Karnaz.

--AFP--

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