Ten children are among the dead as a result of the regime air strikes and Russian military raids which hit a makeshift camp for displaced people in the town of Maarat al Numan in Idlib.

Men carry the bodies of children, wrapped in blankets, after being removed from underneath the rubble of a building destroyed by a reported Russian air strike on the village Al Barra in the southern countryside of Syria's northern Idlib province on November 15, 2019.
Men carry the bodies of children, wrapped in blankets, after being removed from underneath the rubble of a building destroyed by a reported Russian air strike on the village Al Barra in the southern countryside of Syria's northern Idlib province on November 15, 2019. (AFP)

Attacks by Syrian regime leader Assad's forces and air raids by his ally Russia killed at least 21 civilians, including 10 children in rebel-held Idlib province on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in an updated toll, said a ground-to-ground missile fired by regime forces that hit a makeshift camp for the displaced near Qah village close to the border with Turkey killed 15 civilians, including six children, and wounded around 40 others.

The missile crashed near a maternity facility in the camp, it said.

Elsewhere, "Russian military aircraft" targeted the town of Maarat al Numan in the south of the province, the Observatory said, and "six civilians were killed, among them four children."

A number of people were wounded in the raid, some "in a critical state," and the toll there was likely to rise, the Britain-based monitor's head Rami Abdel Rahman reported.

A photographer who works with AFP saw rescue workers retrieve the dust-covered body of a girl from debris and place her in an ambulance.

Parts of Idlib region are dominated by the militant group Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS), a former Al Qaeda affiliate.

Most of Idlib province remains out of the control of the Syrian regime.

The Observatory has a wide network of sources on the ground and determines those responsible for such raids by the type of aircraft and weaponry used, as well as their flight plan.

Between the end of April and the end of August, Idlib was pounded ceaselessly by Syrian regime soldiers backed by Russian airpower.

The Observatory estimates that nearly 1,000 civilians were killed in that period, and the UN says that more than 400,000 people were displaced.

Moscow announced a ceasefire at the end of August, but the Observatory says there have been sporadic attacks since then, and that dozens of civilians have been killed.

The war in Syria has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies