At least 15 civilians, including a child, were killed Thursday in Russian air strikes in the Idleb region (northwest). - Ahmad al-ATRASH / AFP

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), at least 15 civilians, including a child, were killed on Thursday during Russian air strikes in the Idleb region, in north-western Syria , the last great jihadist and rebel stronghold.

The strikes targeted an area where displaced Syrians had gathered outside the town of Maaret Misrin, according to the NGO, which has an extensive network of sources on the ground.

Many injured in critical condition

A correspondent saw the bodies of some victims wrapped in thick blankets in a local hospital. A rescuer carried the corpse of a little girl, whose mouth was filled with gray debris. At the site of the strikes, two large one-story buildings collapsed. According to the OSDH, the balance sheet is likely to increase because many of the injured are in critical condition.

With the help of Russian aviation, the Syrian regime has been waging a vast offensive against the Idleb region since December, allowing the reconquest of half of the province, the last bastion controlled by rebels and jihadists, according to the OSDH. .

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The offensive displaced nearly a million civilians according to the UN, and killed more than 470 civilians, according to the OSDH. It has also created friction between Ankara and Moscow. While Turkey supports certain rebel groups and Russia supports the regime, the two countries have been strengthening their cooperation on the Syrian issue in recent years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meet in Moscow on Thursday to seek a solution to ease tensions in Syria, which pose the threat of direct conflict between Russia and Turkey on Syrian soil .


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