Airstrike in northwest Syria kills 9, including whole family

AP , Tuesday 21 Jan 2020

Post-Airstrike, Idlib
A drone picture taken on January 15, 2020, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, searching through the rubble of a building at the site of a regime airstrike on Syria's last major opposition bastion of Idlib - Regime air strikes on Syria's last major opposition bastion killed at least nine civilians, striking bustling areas of Idlib city despite a fresh Russian-sponsored truce, a war monitor said. (AFP)

An airstrike on a rebel-held village in northern Syria on Tuesday killed at least nine people, including an entire family, Syrian opposition activists said.

The strike on Kfar Taal comes amid a government offensive on the northwestern province of Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in the country, and rebel-held parts of nearby Aleppo province.

A new cessation of hostilities agreement between Russia and Turkey, who support opposite sides in the conflict, went into effect earlier this month. But the violence has continued.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Step news agency, an activist collective, said the nine were killed in Kfar Taal before noon. They said the dead included a family of eight consisting of parents and their six children.

The Observatory and Step blamed Russian warplanes for the strike.

The government offensive has displaced hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom fled to areas closer to the border with Turkey.

Dozens of fighters have been killed on both sides in recent days as clashes intensified.

Idlib province is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. It's also home to 3 million civilians and the United Nations has warned of the growing risk of a humanitarian catastrophe along the Turkish border.

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