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Nine killed by regime, Russian strikes in Syria's Idblib: War monitor

AFP  |  Beirut 

At least nine civilians, including two children, were killed Saturday in air strikes by and its ally in the northwest of the country, a war monitor said.

and carried out more than 100 air raids in Idlib, and provinces, the for Human Rights said in a statement.

The Observatory said dozens of barrel bombs were dropped by Syrian military helicopters.

Three women and one member of the -- a team of first responders working in some rebel-held areas -- were also among the nine dead, the war monitor said.

All nine civilians were killed in and Hama, it said.

The first responder was killed after arriving at the site of raids to treat people wounded in southern Idlib, the of the Raed Saleh said on

An saw clouds of black smoke above two villages in southern after the air raids.

Syrian state agency said the country's military had opened fire on "terrorist groups".

Much of Iblib and parts of and are controlled by (HTS), Al-Qaeda's former branch.

The regime has intensified air strikes against these areas in recent months, despite a September deal between government ally and rebel backer that is meant to protect from a massive regime offensive.

Syria's multi-fronted civil war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it began in 2011 with anti-regime protests that sparked a devastating crackdown.

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First Published: Sun, May 05 2019. 01:00 IST