Plumes of smoke rise from an area hit by a Russian airstrike in western Idlib governorate.
More than 20 suspected members of the Islamist Al-Nusra Front have been killed in an airstrike, according to Russian sources. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports attacks on civilian targets.
RRussia says it has killed more than 20 suspected members of a terrorist organization in northern Syria. High-ranking members of the Islamist Al-Nusra Front were killed in an airstrike in the Idlib region on Thursday, the Interfax agency reported on Friday, citing the so-called Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria.
On Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the rescue organization White Helmets reported at least seven people killed. Accordingly, civilian areas were bombed and cluster bombs were used.
After more than ten years of civil war, the region around Idlib is the last major rebel area in the country. Russia and Turkey, as protective powers of the Syrian government and opposition respectively, have agreed on a ceasefire for the long-contested area. Since then, the violence has decreased. Nevertheless, attacks occur again and again, in which civilians are often killed.