Civilian toll mounts as Syria regime pounds militant bastion

A besieged hospital in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, Idlib province, on May 3, 2015. (File photo: Reuters)

Another wave of regime air strikes on Tuesday struck a militant bastion in northwest Syria where more than 40 civilians have been killed in several days of heavy bombardment, a war monitor said.

Four children were among 10 people killed on Tuesday in government fire on several towns in Idlib province and neighboring Aleppo countryside, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A hospital in the Idlib town of Kafranbel was hit by artillery shells, said David Swanson, a spokesman for the UN humanitarian office. “The facility is reportedly out of service due to severe structural damage,” he told AFP.

The hospital’s administrative director Majed al-Akraa confirmed the attack. “The hospital is completely out of service,” he said. “It was a strong attack. The generators and even my car caught fire,” he told AFP.

It follows two days of intensified regime bombardment on the region that killed a total of 31 civilians on Sunday and Monday, according to the Britain-based Observatory.

Rescue volunteers and civilians were seen pulling dust-covered victims from the rubble of destroyed buildings in the wake of those strikes.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52