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At Least 10 Children Killed in Regime, Russian Air Strikes in Northwestern Syria - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Air strikes launched by regime and allies air power in Syria, next to artillery fire has reportedly killed at least 20 people, including 10 children, in the largely opposition-held Syrian province of Idlib on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Observatory, a Britain-based war monitor, said Russian or Syrian regime warplanes pounded the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing seven children and two pregnant women. Warplanes and government artillery also killed 11 people in the village of Baarbo in the southwest of the province, the monitor reported.

“The Russian Defence Ministry has denied information reported in multiple foreign media outlets about alleged strikes by the Russian Air Force in the region of Khan Sheikhoun near the city of Idlib,” Russia’s TASS news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying on Tuesday.

Syria’s war pits authoritarian Bashar al-Assad, supported by Russian air power and Iranian-backed militias, against an array of internationally-backed opposition groups.

Idlib contains the largest populated area of Syria controlled by the Syrian opposition – including nationalist groups under the banner of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

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