Russian air strike targeted a market in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and injured dozens of others, a local source reported.
"Russian warplanes struck a market in the opposition-held town of Ariha in Idlib, killing eight people and injuring 28 others," Abdel Karim al Akhras, a local civil defence official, said.
Al Akhras said the strike caused “severe damage” in the targeted area adding that efforts were still underway to rescue survivors.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
According to the United Nations figures, more than 250,000 people have since been killed and more than 10 million displaced.
The US and Russia, the latter of which has been staging air strikes against positions held by Assad’s opponents since last September, announced on Monday that the Assad regime and the opposition forces would cease hostilities starting midnight Saturday.