İrem UZUN -TDO- Several people were reportedly killed in a Russian airstrike on the Al-Sham Legion of the Syrian National Army in Idlib province on Monday, according to opposition sources. Many others were wounded in the attack. UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the number of dead at 78. There was no immediate comment from Moscow.
In early March, a truce brokered between Moscow and Ankara stemmed a Russia-backed regime military offensive on the country's last major rebel stronghold in Idlib. That onslaught from December had killed more than 500 civilians and displaced almost a million people from their homes in one of the worst humanitarian crises of the nine-year civil war. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman described Monday's strikes near the Turkish border as the "deadliest since the ceasefire came into force".
Sayf Raad, spokesman for the National Liberation Front, an umbrella group of Ankara-backed rebels in Idlib, accused the Russian and Syrian government forces of “continuously violating the Turkish-Russian deal in targeting military positions, villages and towns”.