Russian Warships, Syrian Forces Kill Four in Strikes in North Syria

24 people were also wounded by the missiles, which hit an oil refinery and market under the control of Turkish troops and Turkish-backed rebels, a war monitor reported

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Military maneuvers by Syrian and Turkish forces at the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in 2016
Military maneuvers by Syrian and Turkish forces at the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in 2016Credit: BULENT KILIC/AFP/ בולנט ק

At least four people were killed and several others wounded late Friday when a barrage of missiles hit oil refineries in northern Syria, a war monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three missiles were launched from Russian warships anchored off the Syrian coastline, striking a market and oil refineries near the Al-Hamaran area, in the countryside of Jarabulus, in north-east Aleppo.

It added that several missiles were also fired by Syrian government forces that targeted oil refineries in Tarheen in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, sparking huge fires in the area.

The monitoring group said some 24 people were wounded in the missile strikes.

Both targeted areas are under the control of Turkish troops and  Turkish-backed rebels.

The spokesman of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army, Youssef Hammoud, confirmed both of the strikes to dpa, adding that a number of civilians were among the casualties. 

Turkey is a main ally of Syrian opposition rebels, while Moscow and Iran back Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in the decade-long war.

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