Women’s prison hit by airstrike, ac­tivists say

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Airstrikes hit a women’s prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Satur­day, killing and wound­ing scores of peo­ple amid clashes on mul­ti­ple fronts be­tween gov­ern­ment forces and in­sur­gent groups in some of the coun­try’s worst vi­o­lence in weeks, op­po­si­tion ac­tivists said.

The airstrikes, which some ac­tivists said in­cluded Rus­sian air raids, were con­cen­trated on the rebel-held north­west­ern prov­ince of Idlib, the cen­tral prov­ince of Hama and sub­urbs of Da­m­as­cus that have come un­der at­tack by in­sur­gent groups over the past week.

One of the airstrikes hit a main street in the Da­m­as­cus sub­urb of Hamouriyeh, killing at least 16 peo­ple and wound­ing more than 50, ac­tivists said. The airstrikes caused wide de­struc­tion in the area.

The U.N. spe­cial en­voy for Syria, Staffan de Mis­tura, said in a state­ment re­leased in Geneva that he is deeply con­cerned by the re­cent es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence in Syria, high­light­ing that it un­der­mines a Dec. 30 cease-fire bro­kered by Turkey, Iran and Rus­sia.

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