Airstrikes kill 45 in Syria
RUSSIAN airstrikes have killed dozens of people in a Syrian coastal province, including a rebel commander who formerly served in President Bashar Assad’s army.
Activists said the airstrikes, which began on Monday afternoon and lasted several hours, also wounded scores, making it one of the deadliest incidents since Russia began its aerial attacks nearly three weeks ago.
Since the airstrikes began, Syrian troops and allies from Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group have launched ground offensives in northern, central and southern Syria as well as in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, capturing areas formerly held by insurgents.
Rami Abdurrahman, from the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said at least 45 people were killed in the rebel-held Jabal al-Akrad region in Latakia province.