At least 14 civilians including seven children were killed by a Syrian government bombardment in Idlib, northwestern Syria, a war monitor said Saturday July 6th.
Syria warplanes and helicopters late Friday July 5th, carried out air strikes on Mahambel village in Idlib province, killing 13 civilians including the seven children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to AFP.
A woman was also killed the next day in a rocket fire, on the outskirts of the town of Khan Sheikhun, in the south of the province, the Britain-based war monitor said.
Idlib, a region of some three million people, many of whom fled former rebel-held areas retaken by the government, is the last major bastion of opposition to the Russia-backed Damascus government after eight years of civil war.
The region, on Turkey's doorstep, is administered by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, but other jihadist and terrorist groups are also present.
Idlib is supposed to be protected from a major regime assault by a deal made in September between Moscow and Ankara, but Damascus and its Russian ally have ramped up their deadly bombardment of the region since late April this year.