Russia Airstrikes in Syria Kill 7, Including Four Children

At least seven civilians, including four children, were killed after Russian warplanes bombed residential homes and a poultry farm in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Russian Su-34 planes targeted the village of al-Jadidah, near the city of Jisr al-Shughour on Friday, also resulting in the injuries of 12 other people. Eight children were also among the wounded.

Deputy Director of the Syrian Civil Defense, Munir al-Mustafa said that it took almost three hours to bring the victims out of rubble because Russian planes were still flying in the sky.

“We tried to evacuate the injured people to hospital with extreme caution due to the possibility of another airstrike by Russian planes,” Mustafa added.

Mustafa said that the attacks hit a chicken farm and a displaced family’s home on the outskirts of al-Jadidah village.

Ahmed al-Khatib, a surgeon at the local hospital in the village of al-Qaniyah said that they had received seven dead bodies, among them four children (two girls, and two boys) between one and seven years old.  

The United Nations’ Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Mark Cutts has strongly condemned the airstrike, calling for an immediate cessation of attacks on civilian infrastructure.

“Parties to the conflict have a responsibility to ensure that civilians are protected,” Cutts added.

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