Airstrikes and explosion kill over 40 civilians in Syria's Idlib

Airstrikes and explosion kill over 40 civilians in Syria's Idlib

Airstrikes and explosion kill over 40 civilians in Syria's Idlib

In a statement, the army said the Syrian air defense confronted the early morning attacks on military outposts in the area of Qutayfeh near Damascus.

The Syrian army said the attacks caused material damage.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the matter.

Many had come from Aleppo when that city fell a little more than a year ago, others from Homs, the countryside near Damascus, and many other areas where the opposition surrendered to the regime's superior firepower in exchange for safe passage.

The operation's main target appears to be the rebel-held airbase of Abu Zuhour on the southeastern edge of Idlib, a province largely dominated by Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a former al-Qaeda affiliated group.

Furthermore, the letter asserts that the attack allegedly conducted by Israel violates United Nations resolutions and would not have been possible without USA support. Israel has carried out more than 100 air strikes against Syrian Army and Hezbollah arms depots and military facilities in the past six years.

Video provided by the White Helmets shows rescuers digging through mounds of rubble to reach a man, and in a separate video, they dig to recover a little girl.

The rebel-held province of Idlib has seen increased violence in recent weeks as forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad intensify their efforts to gain control over the region.

Citing the United Kingdom -based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the AP said that shelling and airstrikes have killed at least 21 people since Sunday.

Extensive bombing and violent clashes were taking place inside and around the base late at night, while the army fought its way to recapture the compound's buildings, the state TV reporter said during a live broadcast from a nearby location.

Syrian government forces captured 14 villages on Monday as they advanced on the largest rebel-held enclave in the country's north amid a wave of airstrikes. It said that out of the 13 drones involved, seven were shot down and six were forced to land.

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