Russian air strikes kill 45 civilians in Syria's Latakia

Russian air strikes kill 45 civilians and wound dozens in Syrian province of Latakia

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A huge smoke rises following Russian air strikes against Syrian opposition-held territories in the Zeytab region of Aleppo province.

Turkish media has reported based on statements from Syria Civil Defence officials on Tuesday that Russian air strikes targeted the countryside of the Jabal al Akrad region in northwestern Syrian province of Latakia, killing 45 civilians and wounding dozens.

Syria Civil Defence officials have stated that Russian warplanes bombed the Bissurfa village which is located east of Latakia in the Jabal al Akrad region controlled by anti-Assad forces.

Firas Hafavi, who is an eyewitness of the incident, has said, “Russian warplanes have hit civilians living in the Bissurfa village. They hit the area twice. At the first attack, there have been dead and wounded, but the second attack has been the principal causes of heavy death toll because it has targeted the people who came to help the wounded of the first attack,” according to Turkish Anadolu Agency.

Russian air strikes also targeted a building on Friday located in the outskirts of Homs, in which a whole family had sought shelter, leading to the death of 48 civilians from the same family according to media accounts.

A sole survivor of the attack said that most of his family members who had fallen victim to the Russian strike, were women and children, arguing that Russian air campaign has been constantly targeting civilian refugee shelters instead of ISIS headquarters.

Russia has began its Syria bombing campaign on the side of the Assad regime on Sept. 30, targeting mostly Syrian opposition-held territories in the country other than ISIS which has strongly been protested by Turkey, US, and the NATO alliance.

The Russian air strikes have mainly targeted the Army of Conquest which is an anti-Assad alliance including US-supported militant groups.

Bashar al Assad’s Syrian regime forces have reportedly advanced in the governorates of Hama and Latakia against opposition fighters in coordination with continuing Russian air strikes, gaining ground recently in several strategic areas.

More than 250,000 people have been killed in Syria since the civil war started in 2011 between the Assad regime and opposition forces following the Arab Spring movement that swept a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

In addition, 6.7 million Syrians are displaced internally while at least 5 million have fled the country to the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan.

TRTWorld and agencies