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World Russia strikes kill 78 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria: monitor

14:35  26 october  2020
14:35  26 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Dozens of fighters from a Turkish - backed rebel group have been killed in Russian airstrikes in northwestern Syria The camp is located in Idlib province, close to the Turkish border and belonged to Faylaq al-Sham, an alliance of Sunni Islamist rebels aligned with Turkey, the war monitor said.

An air strike on a rebel fighters’ training camp in northwest Syria has killed more than 50 and wounded nearly as many, a Syrian opposition spokesman and a war monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria , said the strike killed

Air strikes by Damascus regime ally Russia killed 78 Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Syria on Monday, a monitor said, in the bloodiest surge in violence since a truce almost eight months ago.

a fighter jet flying through a blue sky: A picture taken on September 7, 2018 shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter jet dropping bombs over the Syrian village of Kafr Ain in the northwestern province of Idlib © Anas AL-DYAB A picture taken on September 7, 2018 shows a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter jet dropping bombs over the Syrian village of Kafr Ain in the northwestern province of Idlib

More than 90 others were wounded when Russian warplanes targeted a training camp of the Faylaq al-Sham faction in the Jabal Duwayli area in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In early March, a truce brokered between Moscow and Ankara stemmed a deadly months-long Russia-backed regime military offensive on the country's last major rebel stronghold in Idlib.

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The 2019–2020 northwestern Syria offensive, codenamed "Dawn of Idlib 2", was a military operation launched by the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, Russia , Iran, Hezbollah and other allied militias against Syrian opposition and allied fighters of the Syrian National Army

Russia , Syria 's key military ally, says Turkish troops were attacked in Idlib province by Syrian The attack came after Turkish - backed rebels retook the key town of Saraqeb, north-east of Balyun. Why is Turkey so deeply involved in Syria ? Its long border with Syria has brought it into close contact with

That onslaught from December had displaced almost a million people from their homes in one of the worst humanitarian crises of the nine-year civil war.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman described Monday's strikes as the "deadliest since the ceasefire came into force".

The National Liberation Front, an umbrella group of Ankara-backed rebels based in Idlib that includes Faylaq al-Sham, told AFP that Monday's Russian strikes hit one of its positions and caused casualties. It did not give an exact death toll.

NLF spokesman Sayf Raad denounced the "Russian aircraft and regime forces continuously violating the Turkish-Russian deal in targeting military positions, villages and towns".

Of the almost one million people displaced in the last Idlib offensive, more than 200,000 have returned home to their towns and villages, most since the ceasefire went into force.

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At least 33 Turkish soldiers are dead after strike during battle in Idlib which had earlier been reclaimed by Turkey - backed rebels .

Following Syrian air strikes in Idlib, Turkey launched reprisal attacks in Syrian army positions in the south and west of Syria . Turkish -supported rebels have been caught out by the onslaught, as have jihadis who are not officially backed by Ankara.

The March truce has largely held, despite some intermittent bombardment in the area from both sides.

Russian air strikes have from time to time targeted military positions, including those of Turkey-backed groups, Abdel Rahman said.

- UN envoy visit -

The US army on Thursday said it carried a drone strike against Al-Qaeda leaders in northwestern Syria, with the Observatory reporting 17 jihadists killed at a dinner gathering.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, and allied rebels dominate the region of some three million people, around half living in camps after being displaced by fighting in other parts of the country.

Last week, Turkey withdrew from one of its largest outposts in northwestern Syria which had been encircled for the past year by Syrian regime forces.

The outpost in Morek had been Turkey's largest in Hama province, most of which is now under Syrian government control.

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Dozens of Turkish soldiers have been killed in an airstrike in Syria ’s Idlib province, in a A Turkish convoy, part of reinforcements sent to the area to aid rebel groups earlier this month, was subjected Russia ’s defence ministry denied on Friday that its planes had carried out the strike but said Turkish

Turkey , which backs the Syrian opposition, targets government forces after a spike in tensions. Turkey shot down two Syrian fighter jets on Sunday as it intensified military action in northern Syria . But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor , said 74 Syrian government

After a string of military victories backed by Russia, the Syrian government has regained control of around 70 percent of the country, the Observatory says.

Syria's war, which broke out after the brutal suppression of anti-government protests in 2011, has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions inside the country and abroad.

Endless rounds of UN-backed peace talks have failed to stem the bloodshed and in recent years have been largely overtaken by a parallel negotiations track led by Russia and Turkey.

On Sunday, UN envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen visited Damascus and met Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.

Pedersen afterwards said the meeting "touched upon all issues related to Security Council resolution 2254" for a political solution to the conflict.

"It's my hope that meetings we have had today and meetings we will continue to have could be the beginning of something new," he said.

The UN envoy said he would then hold talks with members of the political opposition.

"Hopefully we can see if it's possible to find more common ground on how to move this process forward," he added.

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