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Russian airstrikes kill 15 in northern Syria

Another 30 injured in raids that targeted opposition-held town in Idlib province, local source says

Russian airstrikes kill 15 in northern Syria IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 1: A baby receives treatment at the Sahra hospital after a war craft belonging to the Syrian army attacked the Sarakib town with the chlorine war gas, in Idlib, Syria on August 1, 2016. ( Abdualghani Al Arian - Anadolu Agency )

By Halit Suleyman

IDLIB, Syria

At least 15 people, including a number of children, were killed by Russian airstrikes in an opposition-held part of northern Syria, a local civil defense source said Monday.

Two consecutive raids by Russian warplanes that targeted the town of Abu al-Duhur in the Idlib province left another 30 injured, Ahmed Mustafa told Anadolu Agency.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests -- which erupted as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings -- with unexpected ferocity.

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.

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