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.