Moscow has allowed the Assad regime to attack Idlib despite a ceasefire as it prefers to back strongmen it can control, not revolutions.
Seven of those killed in regime and Russian strikes in Sarmeen town of Idlib province were all members of one family, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.
'Messiah' is in some ways reflective of the worst of US politics and culture, but there are some encouraging signs from the show that could turn the tide.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says heavily-bombarded Maarat al Numan "is nearly besieged," with residents of several villages scurrying for safety in the northwest of the country.
Renewed violence tightened the noose around Syria's last major rebel-held bastion and deepened an already dire humanitarian crisis.
The Turkish and Russian presidents formally launched TurkStream gas pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey. The project is part of Moscow's efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Syria regime leader Bashar al Assad during an unprecedented visit to Damascus as prospect of war between Iran and US loom over Mideast.
Pro-Iranian militias in Syria's Deir Ezzor province recently came under missile attacks from unknown launchpads and Tehran did not react to the escalation, indicating the hostility is likely to have wider consequences.
The mass displacement between December 12 and 25 has left the violence-plagued Maarat al Numan region in southern Idlib "almost empty", the UN said in a statement.
Residents of villages and towns in southern parts of Idlib province have been fleeing while regime forces have been pushing into the northwestern province of Idlib toward a rebel-held town, Maaret al Numan.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says eight civilians were killed in the town of Saraqeb while four others were killed in separate air strikes in other towns of southern Idlib.
The warlord Khalifa Haftar's cunning exploitation of geopolitical rivalries has handed Russia outsized influence over the conflict.
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