Deadly air raids strike civilians in east Syria

Syria’s state news agency said government aircraft destroyed two sites containing ISIS weapons and military equipment

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Air raids on rebel-held districts of Syria’s battleground second city of Aleppo killed 18 civilians on Saturday, a monitor said.

“Eleven civilians, including four children, were killed by air raids after midnight in the Bab al-Nasr area of Old Aleppo, and seven others, including a baby, were killed in Fardous neighbourhood,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It was earlier reported that air raids on Friday air raids killed at least 11 civilians in a region of eastern Syria controlled by ISIS militants. The area is some 30 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital Deir Ezzor city, which has been largely under ISIS control since 2013.

Syria’s state news agency SANA reported that government aircraft destroyed “two sites containing weapons and military equipment of the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists” southeast of Deir Ezzor. ISIS has been trying to take the entire province, where part of the capital and the military airport are still under the control of government forces.

On Thursday, the militants said it had shot down a regime MiG warplane south of the provincial capital, killing its pilot. It said the jet had attacked several villages before being targeted and crashing.

The Observatory – which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its information – said the plane downed on Thursday was the fourth shot down by ISIS since April. Elsewhere on Friday, air raids in the northwestern province of Idlib killed another six civilians including two children, the Observatory said.

It said the raids targeted the Abu Zuhur area controlled by the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front. The number of victims “could rise because some of the wounded are in a critical state”, it added.

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