Syria activists: After 3 months, Russian strikes hit Idlib

Syrian opposition activists say Russian warplanes have carried out airstrikes for the first time in three months on the last remaining rebel-held territory, in and near the country's northwestern Idlib province

Opposition activists said that in recent days, both Turkey and the government in Damascus have been sending reinforcements to northwestern Syria. There have also been repeated violations of the truce on the ground in recent weeks.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitoring group, said Russian warplanes targeted rebel-held areas just south of Idlib province late Tuesday and Wednesday morning. It had no immediate word on casualties in the four airstrikes.

Idlib-based activist Taher al-Omar said Russian warplanes fired missiles that caused wide destruction. He also gave no word on casualties.

Another Idlib-based activist, Hadi Abdullah, said Wednesday’s strikes hit a mountain region in Latakia province on the edge of Idlib, and a power station on the northern edge of Hama province.

Idlib, home to some 3 million people, many of them internally displaced, is also a stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or Levant Liberation Committee. Turkey has thousands of troops deployed in Idlib.

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