Mother and 6 children among 11 killed in Syria strikes
Regime and Russian air strikes killed 11 civilians including a woman and six of her children in northwest Syria, a war monitor said Saturday, a day after a deadly air raid on a nearby displacement camp.
An air strike by Syrian regime forces hit a one-story family home in the village of Dayr Sharqi in Idlib province, killing everyone inside, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The children were all under the age of 18 and included a 4-year-old, said the Britain-based war monitor.
A photographer collaborating with AFP said he saw a man leaving the site of the blast, carrying the bloody corpse of a young girl, her hair streaked with blood.
A rescue worker carried the dust covered body of a second child, he added. The photographer said he also saw the charred remains of a third victim trapped underneath the rubble, as rescue workers tried to retrieve it.
Heightened air raids by the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow on the Idlib region – the last major opposition bastion in Syria’s northwest – have killed hundreds since the end of April.
Russian strikes also killed four other people in southern Idlib on Saturday, the Observatory added.
The attacks came a day after Russian air raids killed 15 civilians, including six children in a nearby displacement camp in the town of Hass, according to the war monitor.
Two other children were killed by Syrian regime air strikes in different parts of southern Idlib on Friday, it said. A French foreign ministry statement released after those attacks condemned “indiscriminate air strikes by the regime and its allies in Idlib”. It specifically mentioned the air strikes on the displacement camp and called “for an immediate cessation of hostilities”.