Syria's war: More than 20 killed in air raids on rebel-held Idlib

Syria's war: More than 20 killed in air raids on rebel-held IdlibSyria's war: More than 20 killed in air raids on rebel-held Idlib

At least 21 people were killed in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province as government forces and their Russian allies intensified an air offensive on the country's northwest. A new ceasefire agreement between Russia and Turkey, which support opposing sides in Syria's nearly nine-year conflict, went into effect on Sunday but violence has continued, according to rescue workers operating in opposition-held areas. • 'A ceasefire never lasts': Idlib bombing resumes after brief lull • Israel to release man convicted of spying for Syria in swap deal The Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, said air raids and barrel bombs on Wednesday struck a vegetable market in the town of Ariha, as well as repair workshops in an industrial area, a few hundred metres away from the market. At least 19 people were killed in the attacks on the market and the nearby shops, including a Civil Defence volunteer, Ahmed Sheikho, a spokesman for the group, told Al Jazeera. A man was also killed in the village of Has as a result of a Syrian government air raid, Sheikho said, while a young girl succumbed to wounds sustained in a previous attack, which took place before the latest ceasefire was implemented. At least 82 people were wounded in the attacks on Wednesday and the death toll is likely to increase, according to the White Helmets. The bombardment engulfed several vehicles in the industrial zone, leaving the charred corpses of motorists trapped inside, an AFP news agency correspondent said. Mustafa, who runs a repair shop ...
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