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Airstrikes kill 12 in Syria’s Idlib

Idlib province was declared as a 'de-escalation zone' in May

 Airstrikes kill 12 in Syria’s Idlib

IDLIB, Syria

At least 12 civilians were killed and 16 others injured in two airstrikes in Idlib province in northern Syria on Monday, according to an official with the White Helmets civil-defense agency. 

A Russian warplane struck a marketplace in Saraqib city in the province, White Helmets director in Idlib Mustafa Haj told Anadolu Agency. 

“Eleven people were killed and 13 others injured in the attack,” he said. 

Another airstrike targeted a hospital in the same city, killing a civilian and injuring three others. 

Haj said two journalists were among those injured in the attack. 

He said rescuers have moved the injured to hospitals in the area. 

Located in northern Syria near Turkish borders, Idlib province was declared as a "de-escalation zone" on May 4-5, 2017. 

Controlled by anti-regime armed groups, the province has been under intense airstrikes for the last 1.5 months. 

Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since March 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity. 

While UN officials say hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, Syrian regime officials say the death toll is closer to 10,000. 

Reporting by Burak Karacaoglu and Esref Musa:Writing by Mahmoud Barakat

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