Airstrikes Thought to Be Russian Hit Displaced Camps in Syria

At least two children killed, 30 wounded, when planes painted in Russian colors strike two displaced persons' camps near rebel-held town of Atareb, monitor says.

John Davison
A damaged tent for displaced people is pictured after airstrikes hit the outskirts of the rebel-held town of Atareb in Aleppo province, Syria, August 4, 2016.
A damaged tent for displaced people is pictured after airstrikes hit the outskirts of the rebel-held town of Atareb in Aleppo province, Syria, August 4, 2016. Credit: Ammar Abdullah, Reuters
John Davison

REUTERS — Airstrikes believed carried out by Russian warplanes hit two displaced persons' camps west of Aleppo and near the Turkish border on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported.

It said the strikes killed at least two children and wounded 30 people near the town of Atareb, which is in rebel-held territory. A number of tents were damaged or burned in the strikes, it added.

Russia has waged an air campaign against insurgents in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad since September.

The British-based Observatory, which tracks the violence using a network of contacts on the ground, said the jets were believed to be Russian because of their color and the fact there were several planes flying in formation.

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