The death toll in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province has risen to 15 following Syrian government forces launched air strikes in rebel-held area, the Syria Civil Defence said on Thursday.
Along with artillery barrages, Russian warplanes struck central Idlib and its rural outskirts with four air raids on Wednesday, resulting in the casualties that included eight children, the Syria Civil Defence – also known as the White Helmets – said.
The attacks, which wounded 49 civilians, targeted the al-Kaseeh neighbourhood, damaging residential buildings, according to the White Helmets, which added that a search-and-rescue operation was underway.
Government air strikes have killed at least 138 civilians this year.
Idlib is largely controlled by Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a former al-Qaeda affiliate, which on Thursday vowed to retaliate against the Syrian government forces and their Russian allies.