Air strikes kill 18 in Syria’s Idlib

epa06908371 A Syrian air force's fighter jet drops bombs on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights at the village of Sayda al-Golan in the southeastern Quneitra province, as seen from the Israeli side of the border, 24 July 2018. Media reports that a Syrian Army's Sukhoi warplane was shot down by Israeli missiles after entering two kilometers inside Israeli airspace, and crashed into the Syrian territories. EPA-EFE/ATEF SAFADI

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Air strikes killed at least 18 people, including seven children, in rebel held Idlib region in north western Syria on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The northwest is the last major foothold of the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad, who has vowed to recover the whole country but has made little or no gains in more than two months of military operations in the area.

State media also said that a train carrying phosphate in central Syria was derailed by a bomb blast east of Palmyra, causing injuries among the crew. It did not identify the perpetrators. Islamic State is still active in that area.

In the northwest, the Observatory said Syrian government air strikes killed 12 people, including five children, in the village of Urum al-Jawz in western Idlib province. Four more people, including two children, were killed in strikes on Kfarouma in the south of the province.


Via Reuters

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