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Airstrikes kill dozens in Syrian rebel-held Idlib

Airstrikes kill dozens in Syrian rebel-held Idlib
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By Christopher Cummins with Agencies
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Dozens dead in Idlib airstrikes

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At least 26 people have been killed and scores injured after air strikes targeted the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib.

Air strikes hit Syria's rebel-held Idlib city, 15 dead: residents https://t.co/dghVqq9D1dpic.twitter.com/FVTUoe0Ri5

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 7, 2017

Witnesses say the raids were carried out by Russian fighters and were some of heaviest in months.

SYRIA: SyriaCivilDef</a> says 15 dead and 30 injured in air raids on Idlib City today. <a href="https://t.co/TZcspiGwXh">pic.twitter.com/TZcspiGwXh</a></p>&mdash; Conflict News (Conflicts) February 7, 2017

The Russian defence ministry say the claims are false.

The Syrian President Basher al-Assad has meanwhile slammed US tactics to target ISIL in Syria:“There was no operation against ISIS. It was a cosmetic operation, if you want to talk about the American alliance against ISIS. It was only an elusive alliance, because ISIS was expanding during that operation. At the same time, that operation is an illegal operation because it happened without consulting with or taking the permission of the Syrian government,” he told Belgian media.

A working group from Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations have held a technical meeting in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana for discussions on the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire agreement.

They are scheduled to meet again next month.

The bloodshed continues.

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