Air raids con­tinue in north­ern Syria

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT -

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.

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