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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

At Least 56 Militants Dead after Airstrike on Rebel Training Camp in Syria

At least 56 Turkish-backed rebel fighters were killed and about 100 individuals were injured after Russian warplanes launched airstrikes on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday.

At least 56 Turkish-backed rebel fighters were killed and about 100 individuals were injured after Russian warplanes launched airstrikes on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday, according to a Syrian opposition spokesman and a war monitor.

According to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the airstrikes were dropped at the last Syrian rebel territory in the northwestern part of Idlib province, targeting a military training camp of the Faylaq al-Sham faction, a Turkish-backed alliance of Sunni Islamist rebels.

The war monitor suspected that the attacks were carried out by Russia, a nation which has been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid the prevalent civil war in the Middle East country.

Youssef Hammoud, a spokesman for the opposition groups in Syria, said that among the people who died during the airstrike in Jabal al-Dweila were the leaders of the rebel training camp.

The rebel groups denounced the deadly attacks and vowed to strike back.

“The factions of the National Front for Liberation we will respond to these violations,” said Naji al-Mustafa, another spokesman for the militants aligned with Turkey.

 

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