Russia says it has killed more than 20 suspected members of a terrorist organization in northern Syria. Senior members of the Islamist Al-Nusra Front were killed in an airstrike in the Idlib region on Thursday, the Interfax agency reported Friday, citing the so-called Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria.
On Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the rescue organization White Helmets reported that at least seven people were killed. Accordingly, civilian areas were bombed and cluster bombs were used.
Last major rebel area in the country
After more than a decade of civil war, the region around Idlib is the country’s last major rebel area. Russia and Turkey, as protecting powers of the Syrian government and the opposition respectively, have agreed on a ceasefire for the long-disputed area. Since then, the violence has abated. Yet attacks continue to take place, often killing civilians.
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