Syria: 20 civilians killed in Idlib in two days by airstrikes

Syria: 20 civilians killed in Idlib in two days by airstrikes

Four civilians were killed on Tuesday and others were injured after Russian jet fighters targeted the city of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib countryside, raising the death toll to 44 since Thursday.

Russian warplanes carried out at least 15 air strikes, starting Monday evening, on the city, which led to massive destruction in the houses and properties of residents, activist Hashem al-Abdullah said.

The death toll is initial and it is likely to increase because of the critical nature of some injuries, said our correspondent, adding that the targeted area was the city center and main street in the city.

On Monday, sixteen civilians, including three children, were killed in heavy bombardment across rebel-held Idlib province in northwest Syria, a monitoring group reported.

In Khan Sheikhun, a town in the province’s south, air strikes on Monday killed seven people, including two women and a child, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Britain-based Observatory said the raids were carried out by either Syrian or Russian aircraft.

Another seven people, including four women and two children, were killed in raids on Kafr Takharim, further north in the province.

Those raids hit three residential buildings, a local government building, and a stadium, shortly after midnight, AFP’s correspondent in the town said.

In the morning, rescue workers were still trying to pull bodies out of the rubble.

“My sister’s house was standing right here. She and her daughter are dead, along with another family,” Abu Mohammad told AFP.

“There was no military base here. All the military positions are outside the town,” the devastated man said.

Another man and a woman were killed in rocket fire in the nearby town of Kafr Awid.

According to the Observatory, heavy bombardment has battered the northwest province in recent days.

Since Thursday, bombardment has killed 44 civilians, including 11 women, nine children, and one rescue worker.

The Syrian crisis began as a peaceful demonstration against the injustice in Syria. Assad regime used to fire power and violence against the civilians and led to armed resistance. 450.000 Syrians lost their lives in the past five years according to UN estimates, and more than 12 million have lost their homes.