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Syria, 4 civilians killed in Russian air strikes on Idlib

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russia has carried out airstrikes on the de-escalation zone in Idlib northwest of Syria, killing at least 4 civilians, the Syrian civil defense group announced today.

The Syrian opposition aviation observatory said Russian planes targeted areas near the western province of Halep.

The Civil Defense Group (White Helmets) said 4 civilians were killed and 3 others were injured in the attacks.

Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its allies have continued to intensify air and ground attacks on civilian settlements in the de-escalation zone in Idlib.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn the Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression would be banned.

But more than 1,800 civilians there have been killed in attacks by the regime and Russian forces since the ceasefire continues to be violated.

Turkey announced on January 10th the start of a ceasefire in Idlib shortly after midnight on January 12th, but the Iranian-backed regime and terrorist groups continued ground attacks.

More than 1 million Syrians have moved near the Turkish border due to intense attacks over the past year.

Turkey remains the country with the most refugees in the world, sheltering more than 3.7 million refugees since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011.

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