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Dozens reportedly killed across Syria’s Idlib

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MORE than 40 civilians have been killed by aerial bombardment by the Syrian government in Idlib, according to a UK-based monitoring network.

At least 13 women and an unknown number of children were killed in the attacks in al-Laj village and Darkoush in Idlib, a northwestern province bordering Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

The report issued by the Syrian Observatory cited activists as blaming Syrian government fighters for the deaths.

They said they expected the death toll to increase.

Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the Syrian Observatory’s reports.

Fighting has been raging across Idlib province since Nusra Front and Islamist Brigade fighters at the weekend captured the town of Jisr al-Shughur, a last-remaining government stronghold, according to the Syrian Observatory.

Separately, it said a missile fired from Israeli-occupied territory in the Golan Heights killed four Syrian soldiers.

Rami Abdur Rahman, the Syrian Observatory’s director, said it was not clear whether the missile was fired by a plane or from a vehicle.

For its part, the Israeli military said on Sunday it launched an air strike on its border with Syria after spotting fighters carrying a bomb in the Golan Heights.


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