Assad forces launch air raids in Idlib province, killing 29

A man who lost a member of his family cries as he sits outside his destroyed home following a government air strike in the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province in earlier months. (File photo: AFP)

At least 29 people were killed in air raids by Syrian government forces against a string of villages in the northwestern province of Idlib, a watchdog said.

The military carried out five separate strikes, including a rocket attack on the village of Maghara that killed 13 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP news agency on Monday.

According to the watchdog, the dead included at least eight women and six children and the attack came just before iftar on Sunday, the meal at which Muslims break their daytime Ramadan fast.

The attack in Maghara was the deadliest, but the Observatory also reported six killed in the village of Al-Bara, four in Basamis, three in Kfar Nabl in an air strike and three in Iblin, according to AFP.

The news agency reported that video footage posted online by activists showed what they said was the rocket strike on Maghara.

The screams of survivors were heard as the camera panned over the rubble.

“God is great. Where are our Muslim brothers? Where are our Arab brothers?” the activist says as he films residents trying to dig out people trapped beneath the wreckage of their homes.

“This is the iftar of the Muslims in Jabal Zawiya,” he said, referring to the hill district where the village lies.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41