Airstrikes on areas in the last major rebel stronghold in northwest Syria killed at least four people, including women and children, and wounded others as a three-month truce crumbles, opposition activists said.

The airstrikes on Idlib province have intensified over the past few weeks as the government appears to be preparing for an offensive on rebel-held areas east of the province to secure the main highway that links the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest and once commercial center.


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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense said four people, including a child and two women, were killed in airstrikes on the rebel-held village of Bara.



The Observatory said five others were killed in the village of Ibdeita and a child in another village nearby.

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Different casualty figures are common in the immediate aftermath of violence in Syria, where an eight-year conflict has killed about 400,000 people, wounded more than a million and displaced half the country’s prewar population.











Car bomb detonates in Turkish-held border town in Syria


Car bomb detonates in Turkish-held border town in Syria

Syrian troops launched a four-month offensive earlier this year on Idlib, which is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. The government offensive forced hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

A fragile cease-fire halted the government advance in late August but has been repeatedly violated in recent weeks.




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