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 Russia renews airstrikes on Syria's Idlib province killing 13 civilians, - media

British-based watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says Russian warplanes resumed bombing Idlib province after a 22-day pause.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Deutsche Welle, the Kremlin restarted its bombing campaign on the Syrian city of Idlib with Tehran's support on Tuesday, over objections from the United States.

"Russian warplanes resumed bombing Idlib province after a 22-day pause," said SOHR chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

The White House had warned that a "reckless attack" on one of the last rebel-held areas in the country would be a "grave humanitarian mistake" that could destabilize the peace process and kill thousands. Top U.S. generals also cautioned that without more precise planning, Russia was risking the deaths of an untold number of civilians.

Iran, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said it would also be helping remove militants from Idlib with the least amount of casualties possible.

Moscow responded by accusing the administration of President Donald Trump of lacking "a comprehensive approach" to the Syrian conflict and called Idlib "a hornets' nest of terrorists."

In light of the strikes, Turkey announced that it was moving tanks to its border with Syria and reinforcing its observation posts near Idlib.

The SOHR and a rebel source told Reuters that the warplanes bombarded countryside around Jisr al-Shughour on the western edge of the rebel enclave of Idlib after weeks of lull, killing 13 civilians but no fighters.

The White Helmets also report civilian casualties as a result of the airstrikes:

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3084527
 
 
 
 
 
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