Airstrikes kill 12 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

Airstrikes by the Syrian regime and its ally Russia today killed 12 civilians in the country’s last major opposition bastion where a rise in violence has forced tens of thousands to flee.

The bombardments hit the northwestern province of Idlib, which has been increasingly targeted this month by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

According to the United Nations, the intensification of airstrikes on southern Idlib since 16th of this month has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

The bombardment came as violent clashes continued for a third straight day between regime loyalists and the militants who dominate the province.

The Idlib region, which is home to some three million people including many displaced by Syria’s civil war, is controlled by the country’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.