Russian airstrikes kill 20 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

According to Mikrofonnews Agency ( MHA), at least 20 civilians were killed and 80 others injured Thursday in Russian airstrikes in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib, according to a civil defense unit.

Mustafa Haj Yousuf, head of the civil defense unit in Idlib, told Anadolu Agency the airstrikes hit Zardana village, Anadolu Agency reports.

Yousuf said five members of the civil defense unit were among those injured when the air attacks targeted a marketplace and civilian areas near a mosque.

“The airstrikes were carried out by SU-24 Russian fighter jets from Latakia airbase,” the aircraft observatory group of the Syrian opposition said in a statement.

Injured civilians were taken to nearby hospitals while civil defense units carried out a search and rescue operation in the area.

Idlib, under the control of military opponents and anti-regime armed groups, was declared a “de-escalation zone” during peace talks on Syria between Russia, Turkey and Iran in Astana, Kazakhstan in May last year.

However, the Assad regime and Russian forces continue regular air attacks on the region.