IS militants retake parts of Syria town in major attack

  • IS militants retake parts of Syria town in major attack

IS militants retake parts of Syria town in major attack

Air strikes on a village in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province have killed at least 38 people overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said June 8.

The village they targeted is Zardana in northern idlib and the casualties were the highest in a single attack on the region, the observatory said, according to Reuters.

The Observatory said the number could rise, as some victims were still under rubble and some of the wounded were in critical condition. Rescue work was underway to find survivors from under the ruins, the report said.

Air strikes in northwestern Syria on Thursday, thought to have been carried out by Russian Federation, killed 44 civilians including five children, according to a Britain-based monitor.

The raids, which hit a neighbourhood in the area of Zardana in the Idlib countryside, also wounded 50 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

"The airstrikes were carried out by SU-24 Russian fighter jets dispatched from the Latakia airbase", Syrian opposition groups said in a statement.

Airstrikes in northwestern Syria on Thursday, thought to have been carried out by regime ally Russian Federation, killed 18 civilians, including two children, a Britain-based monitor said.

Idlib province is one of the last regions in Syria under rebel control.

The 22 pro-regime combatants included nine Iranians and fighters belonging to pro-Iran Shiite militias, as well as two unidentified fighters, he said.

IS in 2014 proclaimed a cross-border "caliphate" in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, but has since lost most of its territory to various military offensives.