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10 civilians killed by Russian strikes in Syrian rebel bastion — monitor

ARIHA, Syria — Airstrikes kill 10 civilians near a bakery and a medical clinic in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib region today as government forces keep up a ground offensive.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Russian warplanes hit the Idlib province town of Ariha, but the Russian defense ministry says its “aviation did not carry out any combat tasks in this area of Syria.”

The government and its Russian allies have upped their deadly bombardment of Syria’s last major rebel bastion, slowly chipping away at it from the south.

Rebel-held territory has shrunk to just over half of Idlib province, along with slivers of neighboring Aleppo and Latakia, following a series of government gains.

Earlier today, Russian airstrikes hit near a bakery and the Al-Shami clinic in Ariha which is now out of service, the Observatory says.

The monitor says it determines whose planes carried out strikes according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions.

— AFP

An aerial view of rubble and debris at the site of reported airstrikes on the rebel-held town of Ariha in the northern countryside of Syria’s Idlib province on January 30, 2020. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP)
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