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22 civilians killed in Syria by Russian-backed government forces

 International Desk

 Published: 07:45 PM, 21 November 2019  

Photo: Collected

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Air raids and shelling by Russian-backed government forces killed at least 22 civilians and injured 44 in the rebel-held province Idlib of Syria. 

10 children and 3 women were among the deceased.

Rescue team White Helmets said, the missile was loaded with "cluster bombs."

Bombing by the Syrian government and Russian forces of the last opposition-held pockets of Syria has killed 1,300 people and displaced almost 1 million more since April, according to monitors.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a ground-to-ground missile fired by regime forces hit a maternity facility at a makeshift camp for the displaced close to the border with Turkey.
Russian military aircraft also targeted the town of Maaret al-Numan in the south of the province, the Observatory said

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said in a statement that the two missiles exploded 25 meters away from its maternity hospital, injuring four of its staff members.

The attack on the Qah maternity hospital marks the 65th attack on 47 health facilities in northwest Syria since the end of April 2019.

Russia has long been accused of carrying out attacks against hospitals and medical facilities throughout its involvement in Syria’s war. 
Last month, the New York Times published a report looking into Russian air raids on Idlib over a 12-hour period, which found that the Russian air force repeatedly bombed hospitals in an effort to crush the last opposition-held stronghold.