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Syrian, Russian strikes kill kids, women

Syrian, Russian strikes kill kids, women”

Elsewhere in Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel enclave near Damascus, at least ten people were killed in aerial strikes in other nearby towns, the Observatory, rescuers and residents said.

We review the key developments in Syria, including the Syrian government preparing for a counteroffensive in Eastern Ghouta, airstrikes in Idlib killing seven people, and shells from Syria landing in southern Turkey.

The SOHR said 70 people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta since December 31.

Russian Federation has rejected claims their jets are responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians since the country began its intervention in the Syria civil war, saying that they are are only targeting hardline Islamists.

Eastern Ghouta is mostly under the control of Jaish al-Islam rebels.

The United Nations has made repeated calls for warring parties to abide by their responsibility to protect children in line with worldwide humanitarian and human rights law.

Earlier on Wednesday, the ministry said a Mi-24 helicopter had crash-landed in Syria on the same day due to a technical fault and two pilots died.

Aftermath of al Assad attack on Eastern Ghouta on January 4
Aftermath of al Assad attack on Eastern Ghouta on January 4

On Wednesday, at least two people were killed in attacks carried out by Russian warplanes, SOHR said.

Assad forces have been bombing Eastern Ghouta since November 14.

'As darkness fell, the Hmeimim air base was subjected to sudden mortar shelling from a mobile group of militants.

The Russian Ministry of Defense today confirmed the deaths of two of its soldiers in Syria during a mortar attack by terrorist groups on the Jmeimim air base, and denied a story that planes had been destroyed.

"There have been at least six major massacres perpetrated by Russian Federation in indiscriminate bombing of cities and towns with thousands fleeing their homes in the last two weeks", said Mustafa al Haj Yousef, the head of Idlib's Civil Defence, rescuers who work in opposition-held areas.

In a written statement, the ministry said reports of seven fighter jets being destroyed were "fake" news.

Russian Federation began establishing a permanent presence at Hmeymim and a naval base at Tartous last month, although President Vladimir Putin has ordered a "significant" withdrawal of his military from Syria, declaring their work largely done.



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