Russian Airstrike Kills Nine in Syria, Including Family With Six Children

Warplanes targeted a farm on the outskirts of Aleppo, as well as areas of Idlib, despite ceasefire between Turkey and Russia

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A Syrian man gestures as he stands next to the rubble of the house where he lived with his displaced family in the village of Kafr Taal, January 20, 2020.
A Syrian man gestures as he stands next to the rubble of the house where he lived with his displaced family in the village of Kafr Taal, January 20, 2020. Credit: AFP
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Russian airstrikes targeted Tuesday an area in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, killing nine civilians, among them six children, a monitoring group said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian warplanes targeted a farm on the outskirts of the village of Kafar Taal, in the countryside of western Aleppo.

It added that a man, his wife and their six children were among the dead.

The watchdog said Russian planes also targeted areas in the southern and south-eastern countryside of Idlib, inflicting damage to property. The airstrikes are taking place despite a ceasefire which was agreed on by Turkey and Russia earlier this month.

Moscow is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Ankara supports the Syrian opposition.

Idlib, in north-western Syria, is the last rebel stronghold in the war-torn country.

Syrian government forces with Russian support began an offensive in the region last year, triggering a massive displacement there.

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