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Civilians Killed in Rebel-Held Village in Syria

Civilians Killed in Rebel-Held Village in Syria”

The Islamic State group killed at least 58 Syrian government troops and militia as the jihadists put up fierce resistance to a Russian-backed offensive against some of its last bastions, a monitor said Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday the strikes were carried out on the town of Amanaz, located in Idlib province near the Turkish border.

The source said dozens of Islamic State militants had been killed in the air strikes to the east of the town of al-Salamiya; to the east of the town of al-Sukhna, which is on a main road to Deir al-Zor; and in Deir al-Zor province itself.

The number of people killed in September was higher due to increased fighting and "intensified air raids of the global coalition and Russia against jihadist bastions in the north and east of Syria, but also due to increased Russian and regime strikes on rebel-held areas", Abdel Rahman said.

Syrian and Russian military officials have denied killing civilians, maintaining they only target rebel forces.

Dominated by the jihadist group formerly known as the Nusra Front, the Idlib region had seen a six month lull in air strikes until the latest escalation.

Russian and regime warplanes have in the past two weeks increased their strikes on the northwestern province of Idlib, which is largely controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a group led by Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate.

The agreement on the establishment of areas in which hostilities are terminated (the ceasefire does not apply to ISIL and other terrorist organizations), was reached by representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran, as well as the government and the moderate armed Syrian opposition in may 2017.



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