11 civilians killed in Russian air strikes in Syria

Lester Mason
November 13, 2017

At least 26 civilians have died in artillery fire and Russian air strikes on two displacement camps and surrounding villages in eastern Syria, a monitor said on Saturday.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear whether Monday's strikes on al-Atarib, a town in a so-called de-escalation zone, had been carried out by Syrian warplanes or those of Russian Federation.

Without acknowledging the military setback, the Syrian government accused a US-led coalition of hampering Syrian forces trying to fight IS militants.

Despite the government's recapture of Aleppo city late a year ago, rebel groups maintain a presence in the west of the province. It has become home to tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in nearby areas.

Three airstrikes targeted a marketplace where approximately 100 people were present in the opposition-held Atarib town located in the western countryside of Aleppo province, according to local sources.

Around 50 people were injured in the airstrikes, the sources said, fearing that death toll may rise.

Images from the town published by the activist-run Thiqa news agency showed rescuers and civilians pulling out victims and limbs from mounds of rubble stretching several storefronts long.

The Observatory said 21 civilians were killed, among them five children and three women.

The air strikes come less than two weeks after peace talks in Astana where Russia, Turkey and Iran announced plans to implement no fly zones over four so-called de-escalation zones. The agreement is regularly violated.

It has since evolved into a complex war that has killed more than 330,000 people, forced millions more to flee, and left much of the country in ruins.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the town's market was hit and that 29 were killed.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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