Syria: Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill a family of 7 people
Government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in Syria’s northwest on Saturday, killing at least seven members of one family, activists and a war monitor reported.
The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by Russia, pushed ahead with a months-old offensive seeking to chip away at territory on the periphery of the rebel enclave.
Idlib and surrounding areas are home to 3 million civilians and is dominated by Islamist insurgents.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a woman and her six children were killed in an airstrike that hit their home in the village of Deir al-Sharqi in southern Idlib. Rami Abdurrahman, the head of the Observatory, said the children were all under 18 years old. Their father survived because he was not home at the time of the airstrike.