Russian Airstrikes Kill 36 Civilians in Syrian Safe Zone, Activists Say

The deaths in Idlib mark the highest death toll in the region since it had been marked a designated de-escalation zone in September 15

A destroyed ambulance from the Syrian Civil Defense is seen in the town of Khan Sheikun in Syria's Idlib province on September 22, 2017 following reported Russian air strikes.
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Russian airstrikes have killed 36 civilians in Syria's north-western Idlib province on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"There are children among the killed," the head of the observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, told dpa.

"This is the highest civilian toll since Idlib was declared a de-escalation zone," he added.

On September 15, Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to create a so-called "de-escalation zone" in Idlib, an area under the control of opposition forces in northern Syria.