Russian air strikes kill 39 civilians in northern Syria

At least 39 civilians die in two separate locations in northern Syria by suspected Russian warplanes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Residents inspect a damaged site from what activists said were air strikes carried out by the Russian air force in Nawa city, Deraa, Syria on November 21, 2015

At least 39 civilians were killed in suspected Russian air strikes in two separate cities in northern Syria on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The attacks targeted two markets in northern Syria, the monitoring group said. Sixteen civilians were killed at a market for fuel in Maarat al Naasan, a village in Idlib province. Another 23 civilians, including five women, were killed in a village held by DAESH in the northern Aleppo province.

The Observatory's head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that four DAESH terrorists were also killed in Russian raids in the village of Maskana, which hit a market as well.

The death tolls in both incidents are likely to rise, given the severity of the injuries, as dozens of people are currently in critical conditions, according to SOHR. 

Russia has been a key ally to the Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad throughout the conflict that started in March 2011.

So far at least 250,000 people were killed in the conflict, most of whom were killed by the Assad regime. 

On September 30, Russia started its air strikes in Syria, with the initial announced goal of battling DAESH, however in time, Russian targets were mostly civilian areas where Syrian opposition forces are stationed.

Thus boosting DAESH’s authorities in the already troubled region -given that Syrian opposition forces often battle DAESH- not only Assad’s regime.

DAESH has swept across eastern parts of Aleppo province from its bastion in Raqqa, fighting both Syrian opposition forces and Assad regime.

TRTWorld and agencies