Airstrikes kill 28 civilians in Syria's safe zone

Sergio Conner
October 1, 2017

France on Thursday condemned bombings by Syrian regime forces and its ally Russian Federation against civilian populations in Idlib and Hama province that have left scores of casualties, and called on Russian Federation to stop them.

At least 28 civilians, including four children, were killed in air strikes in the rebel stronghold of Idlib in northwest Syria, a monitoring group said on September 30.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it couldn't determine who had carried out the air strikes.

Anadolu news agency reported at least 40 civilians were killed and 70 others wounded in Amanaz.

Earlier, Reuters claimed more than 150 civilians were reportedly killed in Syria's Idlib province over the past week as a result of airstrikes by Russian and Syrian forces.

The surge in bombing raids has forced hospitals in the province to close, medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Friday.

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The attack - blamed on Syrian regime forces - took place in the Eastern Ghouta, which is located inside a de-escalation zone, a member of Syria's White Helmet civil defense forces, told Anadolu Agency.

Some of the targeted districts are located within Idlib's de-escalation zone, which was recently set up based on an earlier agreement - signed in Astana, Kazakhstan - between Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Thursday to step up efforts to establish a safe zone in Idlib.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said ISIS terrorist group is on the verge of collapse, giving credit to Russian and Syrian forces only.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to United Nations officials.

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