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Warplanes Attacked In Northwestern Village In Syria

In Syria, warplanes attacked a rebel-held northwestern village. At least 35 people are killed and wounding dozens more, including children, in one of the deadliest incidents in the part of the country this year, a Syrian war monitor and paramedics said Friday.

The opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, said the airstrike Thursday night killed 35 and wounded 80 in the village of Zardana.

The strike killed 44, including 6 children and 11 women, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The attack occurred after Muslims broke their Ramadan holiday fast after sunset.

The number could still rise as some of the victims were still under the rubble and some wounded were in critical condition, the Observatory said.

He added that the airstrike was carried out by Russian warplanes and is so far the deadliest in Idlib province this year. Tens of thousands of Syrians displaced from other parts of the country have settled in Idlib province over the past two years.

Defence Ministry had denied carrying out any strikes in Idlib. The ministry instead blamed mortar fire between rebel groups in the area for the carnage, said Russia’s state-controlled media.

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