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Syria regime shelling kills three civilians, says monitor

Syrian firefighters extinguish fire following artillery shelling by the Syrian regime on a fuel depot affiliated to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group on February 16, 2022 in the northwestern rebel-held town of Dana. (Abdulaziz KETAZ / AFP)
Syrian firefighters extinguish fire following artillery shelling by the Syrian regime on a fuel depot affiliated to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group on February 16, 2022 in the northwestern rebel-held town of Dana. (Abdulaziz KETAZ / AFP)

Shelling by Syrian government forces of a fuel depot in the rebel-held Idlib region kills three civilians and starts a huge fire, a war monitor says.

The bombardment strikes a building in farmland near the town of Dana used as a supply station for diesel fuel, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Large numbers of first responders are attempting to extinguish flames that sent massive plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky, AFP correspondents report.

The depot is owned by a fuel company affiliated to the authorities in Idlib, who are backed by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group, the Britain-based Observatory says.

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