Air raids kill 24 near Syria city, says mon­i­tor

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

At least 24 peo­ple have been killed in a se­ries of Syr­ian gov­ern­ment air strikes around the city of Idlib, which rebels seized ear­lier this month, a mon­i­tor­ing group said Wed­nes­day.

Two chil­dren were among 12 peo­ple killed when a bar­rel bomb hit a shel­ter in the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, southeast of Idlib, on Tues­day, the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said.

The regime’s use of the crude un­guided mu­ni­tions has drawn heavy crit­i­cism be­cause of the in­dis­crim­i­nate toll they cause among civil­ians.

A mis­sile strike on a vil­lage south­west of Idlib killed a woman, the United King­dom-based Ob­ser­va­tory said.

In­side the city, a wave of mis­sile strikes killed 11 men, it added, with­out spec­i­fy­ing whether they were rebel fighters or civil­ians.

The state SANA news agency cited a mil­i­tary source as say­ing that the air force had tar­geted “ter­ror­ist po­si­tions” in Idlib and its out­skirts.

Is­lamist rebels, in­clud­ing al-Qaida loy­al­ists, seized the north­west­ern city ear­lier this month af­ter heavy fight­ing.

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