Bombardment in northwest Syria kills 11 civilians
Regime and russian bombardment on Sunday killed 11 civilians in northwestern Syria where ramped up attacks by the two allies have claimed hundreds of lives since April, a war monitor said.
The strikes came as regime forces launched an assault on jihadists and allied rebels in Hama province, killing 9 combatants, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The fighting in the village of Tal Maleh in northern Hama also left four regime fighters dead, the Britain-based monitor added.
Northern Hama along with Idlib province and parts of Aleppo and Latakia are under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist group led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
The region is supposed to be protected from a massive government offensive by a September buffer zone deal, but it has come under increasing fire by Damascus and its backer Moscow over the past three months.
Regime air strikes Sunday killed five civilians in the Idlib town of Ariha, said the Observatory.
Russian raids, meanwhile, killed three civilians in northern Hama, according to the monitor.
Shelling and air strikes by the regime also killed three other civilians elsewhere in the northwest, it added.