Syrian, Russian airstrikes on Idlib kill 39

Published June 13th, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
A picture taken on June 12, 2016 shows Syrian Civil Defense members, known as the White Helmets, gather at a site following air strikes on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, on June 12, 2016. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
A picture taken on June 12, 2016 shows Syrian Civil Defense members, known as the White Helmets, gather at a site following air strikes on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, on June 12, 2016. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

At least 39 people were killed and dozens injured in airstrikes launched by regime and Russian warplanes in Syria's western province of Idlib on Sunday. 

A Syrian regime warplane struck a marketplace in the opposition-held province, local civil defense official Leys al-Faris told Anadolu Agency. 

“At least 36 people were killed and 50 others injured in the attack,” he said. 

Al-Faris described the attack as a “massacre” committed by the Bashar al-Assad regime during the fasting month of Ramadan, which began in Syria last week. 

Meanwhile, three people were killed in a Russian airstrike on a residential area in the city of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib. 

“Rescuers are looking for survivors following the attack,” al-Faris said. 

Since April 21, Syrian regime forces and Russian warplanes have intensified attacks on opposition-held areas in Syria, killings scores of civilians. 

Syria has been locked in a conflict since early 2011, popular protests were met with a heavy crackdown from the Assad government. 

Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to the UN. 

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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