Air raids continue in northern Syria
A wave of air strikes on a rebel-held stronghold in northwest Syria caused mass casualties and sparked fresh clashes. The flare-up in violence came a day after the opposition’s chief negotiator resigned in frustration over the stalled Geneva peace talks with the government of Bashar Al Assad.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group counted 10 strikes on the city of Idlib on Monday evening, which it said killed at least 14 civilians, including three children. The group said it believed Russian jets were responsible.
The Local Coordination Committees, an activist network, said 10 people were killed when the city’s National Hospital was hit, but had no details about casualties elsewhere.
The opposition civil defence, which carries out rescue operations, gave a much higher casualty figure, saying dozens were killed and hundreds wounded in the raids in which several hospitals were damaged. The group said it had deployed its entire Idlib corps to take part in rescue operations.
The observatory said hospitals were not targeted, but suffered damage when bombs struck nearby. Idlib is under the control of the newly resurrected Army of Conquest coalition. Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, leads the coalition.