US condemns Syrian government air strikes on civilians

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States strongly condemns air strikes by Russian-backed Syrian government forces on hospitals and civilian infrastructure in northwestern Syria, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Friday.

“The attacks in the last 48 hours have hit a school, a maternity hospital and homes, killing 12 people and injuring about 40,” the spokeswoman said.

“Recent reported incidents reflect a documented approach to attacks against civilians and infrastructure by Russian and Syrian forces,” it said.

Idlib, located in northwestern Syria, was the target of a Russian-backed offensive in the summer to take control of the city and surrounding areas. The city is part of the last major bastion of armed opposition in the eight-and-a-half-year war.

More than 60 medical facilities in Idlib province have been bombed in the past six months, four of them this week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman Robert Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday. He said the installations appeared to have been deliberately targeted by government forces.

“We urge Russia and the Assad regime to resolve this conflict through the UN-brokered political process and to stop waging war in civilian areas,” Ortagos said.

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