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Syria: Russian airstrikes kill 26 civilians

Russian forces carry out fresh airstrikes in de-escalation zone

Esref Musa, Burak Karacaoglu   | 21.01.2020
Syria: Russian airstrikes kill 26 civilians

IDLIB, Syria

Russian warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, killing at least 26 civilians, a Syrian civil defense group said Tuesday.

The victims included nine members of a single family, six of whom were children, in Kafr Taal, eight in Kafr Nuran, two each in Jidarya and Kafr Nahaada, one each in Erhab and Tamanin in the western country side of Aleppo province, according to White Helmets.

Another child was killed in Aleppo's Takad village while two other civilians were killed in Idlib's Bara village.

 Turkey has pushed hard for a cease-fire in Idlib after the region endured months of battering by forces loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime and its allies, sending about a million civilian refugees flocking towards the Turkish border.

Turkey and Russia agreed in September 2018 to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Since then, more than 1,300 civilians there have been killed in attacks by the regime and Russian forces as the cease-fire continued to be violated.

Over one million Syrians have moved near the Turkish border due to intense attacks over the last year.

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