المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles militants

Syrian government aircraft bombed several towns in northwestern Syria Thursday killing five civilians as troops battled militants on the ground, a monitor said.

The new bombardment of the largely militant-controlled region of Idlib followed strikes Tuesday night and Wednesday that killed 23 civilians, 12 of them at a busy market.

In neighboring Hama province, Syrian troops battled for a third straight day to repel a militant counterattack around the town of Kafr Nbouda, leaving 15 combatants dead, 11 of them militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian government forces retook the town May 8 but the militants retook most of it Wednesday, the Britain-based activist group said.

The United Nations has warned that an all-out offensive on the Idlib region would lead to a humanitarian catastrophe for its nearly three million residents.

More than 200,000 people have already been displaced by the upsurge of violence since April 28, the U.N. has said.

A total of 20 health facilities have been hit by the escalation – 19 of which remain out of service, it added.

Source: Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles militants | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

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