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Russian strikes kill 13 in rebel-held Syria

A plume of smoke rises from a building following a reported Russian air strike on Syria's northwestern rebel-held Idlib province, on June 25, 2023
— Jisr al-Shughur (Syria) (AFP)

Russian air strikes killed at least 13 people in rebel-held northwest Syria on Sunday, the deadliest attack on the country this year, a war monitor said.

At least nine civilians, including two children, were among the dead, with most killed at a fruit and vegetable market in Jisr al-Shugur in the Idlib region.

"These Russian strikes are the deadliest in Syria this year and amount to a massacre," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Russian forces which back President Bashar al-Assad's regime were responding to rebel drone strikes over the past week that killed four civilians including two children, according to the Observatory.

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